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Friday, September 20, 2013

Academic Sources

Academic sources, otherwise known as Scholarly Sources, are juried. That means they are blind judged for accuracy and solid research. These sources include:

Academic Press (books, journals and "letters" from university press publishers, ex: University of Nevada Press, BYU Press, Princeton Press, etc.)

Academic Journals (specific publications by professors and juried by their peers, usually published by a university or an academic association).

For my courses only: The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times,
both of which go through a juried process and both of which have other
significant reasons to count as "academic sources" for undergrad students.




Sometimes, but usually not: .org

(NEVER .com, .biz, .info, etc.)

Primary Documents: letters, laws, government statistics, Congressional Record, actual documentation though official channels or that can be authenticated as honest and true from the time ("Love Letters of an Airman", "Bill of Rights", specific codes of law, etc.)

Primary interviews with experts or those who have experienced something first hand (you must be able to defend and confirm their expertise specific to what you are writing or talking about).

Artifacts (pottery, relics, letters, etc.)

See Also:

CSN Resources

Sources included in Unit 9   Unit 10

See also Source Credibility (click here)

First posted August 19, 2009


Michelle said...

this is nice to learn now. My friends and I debate a lot and quote facts where "wiki" isn't credible. I just never took the time to find "official" facts.

Anonymous said...

This is good to know being that I have never researched anything. At least i will be on the right track as I get started this Semester. Thanks for the advise. Jeff Wilson com101 wh940

Anonymous said...

This is great, of course, this is also going to be a great challenge. It will not only guide me in the right direction, but at the same time, it will force me to look for sources that will have the utmost credibility and reliability. I just hope that I will be able to do it right.

Marga Bechtel

Lina Ryan said...

Sometimes it is hard to trust and believe if the words that you just read are safe enough to believe. It Is always good to know who and what you can trust, for using that information that for somebody is not important, but for you can be indispensable.

kanitthanant said...

Thank you for the right resource. This will help me find the right logistical facts. In my history class we were not allow to use any source from the WiKipedia at all.

Unknown said...

I like this, I know what to look for now when researching something on the web, before I just blindly read and choose the sites I liked!

Anonymous said...


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Anonymous said...

This is good to know when researching anything. Before I would just take whatever I saw on the web and use it.

Ashley Ramos
Com 101

Junyi Zhu said...

Good to know. Thank you for posting this.

Junyi Zhu

Anonymous said...

Great information to know when I'm doing any kind of research. I thought any web source was good to use.

Chris Jackson

Anonymous said...

Your informative information in class brings a clearing through the fog of mindless junk we sift thru everyday on the internet. Librarys are seldom used in our fast track life. You would be surprised at the books you can find in a thrift store.
John Allen

Michael J. Jones said...

It's amazing how a .com, .net, TV, and many other sources can get so many people to believe in pseudoscience. I can recall a recent one; the energy/balance bracelets. About 9 months ago nearly everyone was sold on the idea that a little bracelet could give you instant energy and improve your balance reducing pain. Well check theses sites out;

Georgina Zielinski said...

Thank you for posting this. I have realized how hard it can be to find information that is considered an academic source. There is so much information that is untrue, that finding information that is true can be difficult.

Anonymous said...

This is a good reminder on where to verify facts. It will be very useful.

Jill Pentkowski

Alexis Donovan 4041 said...

Thank you for this post! I am horrible with computers and never know where to find anything so this is definitely a huge help :)

Anonymous said...

It is unfortunate that it is so easy for an average person to post nearly anything they want on the internet, because it limits the resources we can use.

Angelina Gomez

Jessica Johnson said...

went over this in class. Always check with your professor first. Good info to have.
Jessica Johnson COM 101-4041

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. I can’t wait for the challenge of finding sources that will count towards the rest of the speeches I give.
Julia MIller
Com101 HN 4041

Maura Goldberg Com 101-6002 said...

This is helpful for my upcoming persuasive speech! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I really appreciate this being posted because I feel like I have professors that want to us to know exactly what they are looking for with sources. And sometimes it can be really hard to tell if a source is credible. This is really useful for my other classes as well.

COM 101 4049
Chelsee Henderson

Anonymous said...

This is great to know i always just look at the first site i see when i look anything up on google without thinking that most of it could be false information.

Shawn Chaytor
Com 101
section # 4044

Anonymous said...

It is very hard to tell the credibility of any source, even academic. A jury helps but does not guarantee credibility. Usually looking at both sides and sticking to sources that tell you where they got their information are good tools to use to make a decision on credibility.

Ana Tinta Com 101-4080 said...

This material was covered in class as well. :) Thanks professor Lynch!
Very useful info.

Anonymous said...

This will help tremendously with my informative speech thank you for sharing this useful information!

Kristian Magtanong
Com 101
section 4049

Anonymous said...

OMG! this is great information and useful! :)

Anonymous said...

Im glad this was posted, because Ive been really lost on academic sources and what counts and what doesnt so its nice to have these notes. Especially for the persuasice speech that needs like 7 sources.

Rebecca Johnson 4049

Anonymous said...

This helped me so much throughout the semester. Thank you for providing it for us!

Taylor Bishop
Com 101

Anonymous said...

I find this post very informative. I found out just recently in another class that Wikipedia is not a credited website but to now have examples of what is considered academic is very useful and will help out a lot! Thank you Gwen Dennett Com 101 section 4522

Anonymous said...

Colleen RT

Thank you so much for the information. This will truly help in finding factual information relatively fast.

Jenny M said...

I do understand this, however what if you are doing a speech or something on an organization, a very legit and well known organization and you use their website as a source. However, their website is a ".com", so in this case you would not consider this to be a valid source? Even if it is their own website????
-Jenny Miller