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ENG 1021 (Spring 2021)

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Finding and Understanding Scholarly Sources 

Scenario: You have to write a short research paper for English 1021. Your professor requires that at least two of the articles you include in your works cited are scholarly.

Consider: What does scholarly mean? What makes a source scholarly? Why is your professor even requiring scholarly sources? How do you find a scholarly source and then read it?


Key terms for this activity:



Claim, argument, or research question

Literature Review






Find Your Group Number on this Google Doc and write the name of each person in your group!
  1. Each group has been provided with a sample research question and keywords. 

  2. Use your sample research question and keywords to find a scholarly article or original research article, using the Library’s Articles tab

  3. Skim headings of the article (ex. Introduction, Literature review)

  4. Identify a claim or research question (Hint: look in Abstract!)

  5. Identify the findings (Hint: Look in discussion/conclusion) 

  6. Find one quote from an older article mentioned in the introduction or literature review

  7. (If there is one) Methodology: Identify a group studied

  8. Share out to the rest of the class

Start here:

Academic Search Complete

Use Academic Search to search for articles on almost any topic. For example, if you're focusing on Texting while Driving use the search box to find scholarly articles using keywords such as "texting" or "cell phones", along with your angle, such as "alcohol".

Click Full Text on the left so you can read articles online.

Click Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) to read academic, peer reviewed articles.


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