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Nursing: Scholarly Sources

A guide to research for nursing students.

Scholarly Sources

What do we mean by a scholarly source?

When looking for scholarly sources, focus on primary research, largely "experts writing for other experts":

  • Original research in a peer-reviewed or scholarly journal
  • A student interview with an expert in the field
  • A scholarly book published through a university press
  • An original government study or research
  • A published dissertation

The following would NOT be considered scholarly sources:

  • A letter to the editor or news brief in a peer-reviewed or scholarly journal
  • An expert quoted in a general news source
  • A government fact sheet, web page summary
  • Document such as the US Constitution or laws

What is a Scholarly Journal?

How can I find out what type of source I have?