Do you know when and how to give credit when using someone else's work in you paper? What makes a source "scholarly" anyway? Here's a quick quiz to find out if your ready to research that paper. Try to answer each question, then click the question to see the correct answer. If you have more than a few wrong answers you may want to review the pages of this Libguide for reference.
1. True or False. Wikipedia is generally considered a scholarly source.
Wikipedia is not a scholarly source, it's entries are not reviewed by experts in the field and should not be used as a source in any of your work. That being said, many Wikipedia entries use scholarly sources. So if you know what to look for, Wikipedia can be used to find scholarly sources that you can use. Read our Wikipedia page for more ....
2. True or False. I got my article from a Google search that anyone can do, that makes it common knowledge.
Even a Google search can find a scholarly article on a topic. This, however, doesn't make the information in that article common knowledge. Not attributing the information you use in your work to the original source is plagiarism. Needless to say that is something that should be avoided. See the Plagiarism tab to get more information
3. True or False. Rephrasing another person's work is a good way to avoid plagiarism.
Rephrasing someone else's work is still plagiarism. If you rephrase another person's work or idea you still must cite this in your paper.
4. True or False. Once you cite an author you are free to use their work throughout your paper.
Each time you use a portion of an author's work it must be cited. Read more
5. True or False. A peer reviewed source is a scholarly source.
True.When a work is peer reviewed it means that the work has been evaluated by other experts in the field.
6. True or False. A refereed source is a scholarly source.
True.When a work is refereed it means that during the peer review process the author of the work remains anonymous to the reviewers. Some instructors may require you to find refereed sources so it's important to note that all refereed works are scholarly sources, but not all scholarly sources are refereed. Review the Peer Reviewed or Not section of this guide for more information.