Scholarly/academic/peer-reviewed sources are sources written by experts and are reviewed by experts in the field before the article is published.
You may consider scholars with subject expertise have authority in the area of your research topic and thus produce only good sources. However, like all types of sources and authorities, scholarly sources vary a lot by date, scope, method, and etc, making only some of them appropriate to cite in your research. Scholarly sources may have totally valid evidence but not so relevant to your research.
Finding a good scholarly source to use can sometimes be a messy process, but below are some questions you can ask yourself in order to determine if the academic article is worth using in your research.
A research article that reports the results of a study using data derived from actual observation or experimentation rather than theory or belief.
Read the subheadings within the article, book, or report and look for a description of the research "methodology." Ask yourself: Could I recreate this study and test these results?
Many, but not all, of these will be empirical studies.
Alternatively, try adding one of the following terms to your search (try different combinations):
An alternative is to use terminology recommended by the ERIC thesaurus. Some useful keywords are:
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