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Research Tutorial

What Does "Scholarly" Mean?

Scholarly materials and other useful resources and tools are crucial for effective university-level research, whether you conduct your research in the library research databases or on the free web.

Scholarly literature:

  • Is written by researchers who are experts in their fields
  • Is sometimes original (primary) research
  • Is often peer-reviewed (carefully reviewed to determine academic quality by other experts)
  • Is often the best for gathering, developing, and citing ideas in academic work