Finding Academic Sources

If you need to find sources that are more "academic", then your best search starting points for this class are: 

  • Summon:
    • good starting point, covers all subject areas
    • You can limit your results by "Content Types" (left side of screen, click on "more" to see all types)
    • If you choose "journal article" as the content type, you can then add the "Scholarly & peer review" filter
  • Business Source Complete:
    • has a lot of useful information NOT found in Summon, for example case studies, company profiles, industry reports, SWOT analyses (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats). 
    • You can limit your results by "Source Types" (left side of results screen)

But what are "Academic" or "Scholarly" sources?

  • Traditionally,  academic or scholarly sources are books, book chapters, articles that are scholarly in nature: they are written by the people who carried out the research, they contain references, they undergo a review process... [see,,,, for more details]
  • For this class there are other sources that will be acceptable, as long as you have evaluated the sources with the CRAP test. Some examples can be government reports, industry reports, SWOT analyses, etc.

    A couple of other videos: 

  • Popular and scholarly sources (USC libraries)
  • Scholarly vs. Popular articles (Jessup library, 
Content last reviewed: February 9, 2019