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Evaluating Information: Scholarly vs. Popular Resources

A guide to help you find the best information for your academic research projects.

Confused about Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals?

The two videos below can help clear up this conundrum! The first video, from McMaster University Library, offers a useful side-by-side comparison of scholarly and popular sources. In some courses, your instructor may ask you to locate peer-reviewed articles. For a brief description, check out "Peer Review in 3 Minutes" from North Carolina State University.  If you have additional questions, ask a librarian at any of your BCC campus libraries - you can contact us in person, as well as by phone, email or chat!

Scholarly vs. Popular Sources

Peer Review in 3 Minutes


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