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Not all sources are created equal! This tutorial covers the basics of how to tell if a source is appropriate for your assignment and research need. (Firefox is the recommend browser for this tutorial).
Scholarly vs. Popular Articles
Specific characteristics help identify if a source is scholarly or popular.
When you search in the USC Libraries, you may notice a filter on the left-hand side that says “Peer-Reviewed Journals.” And assignments often require you to use peer-reviewed, or scholarly, sources. What does this mean, and why would you use this filter? That’s what we’ll cover in this tutorial.