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Answers to common questions about doing research and using the library.

How do I tell if an article is scholarly or popular?

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At first, consider the language of the article and who the intended audience is likely to be: scholars and experts, or the general population? Also, look for a bibliography, citations, or references. Scholarly articles will always cite their sources.

The chart on the library's Evaluating Sources page provides more detail and additional considerations. You can also use the library's Rate My Source tool to get started, and talk to your professor if you're not sure if a source is appropriate for an assignment.