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EDC 201 - Early Childhood Discipline: Growth and Development: Scholarly vs. Non-Scholarly Sources

Scholarly Resources Tutorial

Click on Display Help on left side of screen to begin tutorial.

Scholarly vs. Non-Scholarly Characteristics

Evalute these resources - Scholarly vs. Non-Scholarly. Reliable vs. Unreliable.

Exceptions To The Rule

Few resources check all the Yes boxes or all the No boxes.

Many resources will exhibit a mixture of characteristics.

If unsure about an article or book, the most important characteristics of "scholarlyness" the presence of a bibliography.

Tips on Finding Scholarly Resources

1. Avoid the internet.

2. Use Thrift Library Resources.

3. Limit your results to Peer Reviewed. (See below)

4. Determine that your resource contains most of the characteristics listed on the checklist to your left.

Peer Review Limiter - Located on left side of OneSearch screen

What is peer reviewed? Some publications have editorial boards consisting of experts in the field who review articles for reliablilty and scholarship.

About Google Scholar

There are pros and cons about using Google Scholar.

As a search tool it is bigger than the Thrift Library, and so it can be useful in creating bibliographies.

As a tool for finding freely accessible Full Text articles and eBooks it is smaller than the Thrift Library.

Most of its content is blocked or locked up behind paywalls.

Finds some of the content available from the Thrift Library, but not all.

Consequently you are better off starting with your library's resources and then supplementing your search using Google Scholar. Most of what you find beyond the Thrift Library will have to be ordered through Interlibrary Loan.