The author is a certified expert in his field, we have a long bibliography… If it is, we've got a peer-reviewed source written by an expert author; that's a scholarly source! Sorry, but this is not an academic source, and we cannot use it for a research paper.
Peer-reviewed journal articles are commonly required for college papers.
Try it risk-free Imagine that your teacher wants you to write a paper on a topic you know nothing about. The places that provide information about a topic are called sources.
Careful, though, because not all sources are created equal.
Academic sources, also called scholarly sources, are sources which can include books, academic journal articles, and published expert reports.
The content in academic sources has usually been peer-reviewed, which means that it's been reviewed by experts on its topic for accuracy and quality before being published.
Most high-quality research is based on other research, so a good source will have a list of works the author studied as he or she was writing it. Finally, you can tell a lot about a source by looking at the publisher who publishes it.
Scholarly sources should be published by a professional association like the American Medical Association; by a university, for example the Oxford University Press; or by a recognized academic publisher.
These are generally considered scholarly because they're edited and reviewed.
Be careful, though; you'll still want to check the author's credentials and the publisher of the encyclopedia.