What are popular sources?
Magazines and newspapers are considered popular sources and are excellent sources for background information on a topic.
What are scholarly sources?
Scholarly, peer-reviewed, or refereed sources are often required for academic research.
Take a look at the publication - in databases, you can often click on the publication title to find a profile to determine if it is a scholarly source. If you still are not sure, you can also search for the publication in Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory.
Note: Sometimes "non-scholarly" materials are returned in results even if you are searching scholarly publications - these may include book reviews or editorials. Be sure to evaluate carefully and check the document type if you are searching in a database.
How to Read a Scholarly Article
Consult the PowerPoint slide deck below for details on the important parts of a scholarly article.