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Suggested teaching materials for faculty or student use.

Peer Review in 3 Minutes (video)

What does it mean for a source to be credible? Discusses author/publisher expertise, bias, peer review, currency, and how you’ll use it.


Used with permission from the NCSU Libraries.

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article (interactive webpage)

Periodical Types (infographic)

Table comparing characteristics of popular publications, trade publications, and scholarly publications.

Periodical Types (video)

Peer Review Petting Zoo (activity)

Students often struggle to identify what makes a source scholarly or peer-reviewed.  Consider bringing copies of scholarly journals and books to class, or use a reading from your syllabus as an example.  Ask students to identify the features that make a source scholarly or peer-reviewed.  (Examples: credibility of author and/or publisher, evidence of sources, language is written for other scholars, has an editorial board and outline of editorial process [for journals], etc.).  If you've had students using examples of inappropriate sources in the past, use these as examples and talk about them together.

How to read an academic article (handout)