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ASN Nursing Guide

Is My Source Scholarly?: INFOGRAPHIC

Use the flowchart below to determine if your source is scholarly.infographic 3 steps to determine if a source is scholarly.

Is My Source Scholarly? (Accessible View)

Step 1: Source

The article is most likely scholarly if:

  • You found the article in a library database or Google Scholar
  • The journal the article appears in is peer-reviewed

Move to Step 2: Authors

Step 2: Authors

The source is most likely scholarly if:

  • The authors’ credentials are provided
  • The authors are affiliated with a university or other research institute

Move to Step 3: Content

Step 3: Content

The article is most likely scholarly if:

  • The source is longer than 10 pages
  • Has a works cited or bibliography
  • It does not attempt to persuade or bias the reader
  • It attempts to persuade or bias the reader, but treats the topic objectively, the information is well-supported, and it includes a works cited or bibliography

If the article meets the criteria in Steps 1-3 it is most likely scholarly.