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Information can be categorized into different types. Your Professor may tell you to find a scholarly source, but what is a scholarly source?
Typically information can be categorized as either a scholarly or a popular source. A popular source is meant to be viewed by the general public and uses language that everyone can understand. For example, a news article about a protest. A scholarly source is meant to be viewed by other scholars or academics and uses language that may be more complex. For example, a journal article that examines the economic and social circumstances that lead to the protest.
Popular sources are usually created within minutes to months of an event. Scholarly sources take a bit longer and are created months to years after an event. Check out the chart below for more of a comparison of scholarly and popular sources.
|Examples||American Economic Review, Journal of Labor Economics,||Economist, TIME, Forbes, Wall Street Journal|
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