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This guide will help students doing English literature research.

What is scholarly?

Some helpful definitions:

Not all are equal!

Some Criteria for Evaluating your Sources:

  • Coverage - How well does the source cover the topic you've selected? is it comprehensive or an overview?
  • Currency - When was the article authored? Is the content dated or less relevant today? For some disciplines, the currency of the work is vital.
  • Authority - What are the professional credentials of the author? What is the source of the article (eg. scholarly journal, peer-reviewed journal, etc).
  • Audience - What audience is the author addressing?
  • Content - What is the author arguing for? Is their an apparent bias? What's the other side of their argument?

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