A scholarly source is a source written or created by a scholar.
A scholar is an academic specialist in a specific field.
Typically scholarly sources are written by professionals with advanced degrees.
Often a good scholarly source will be peer-reviewed.
A peer-reviewed source has been fact-checked by experts.
Where to find scholarly sources: research databases and academic journals.
Examples of sources that are not scholarly and should not be used in your schoolwork: Wikipedia, SparkNotes, Cliffs Notes, Litcharts, Shmoop, Enotes, Gradesaver.
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Image Credit: Scholar by Nithinan Tatah from the Noun Project