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Scholarly sources

This video explains what is meant by "Scholarly Sources"  or sometimes "Academic Sources".

Edited books

Edited books contain chapters usually written by different authors who are experts in their field. They are considered scholarly and can be used in assignments but be aware of the date of statistics and other evidence used in them.

How to identify an edited book

An edited book displays editor's name instead of an author's name on the front of the book and title page. Next to their name will be the words 'editor' or 'edited by'. A reference to an edited book will show the editor's name in the author field or after the title followed by 'ed' or 'edited by'.   For example:

Barnett, T, Bierbaum, N, Harrex, S, Hosking, R & Tulloch, G (eds) 2006, London was full of rooms, Lythrum Press, Adelaide.

Chapters from an edited book may have:

  • different authors some of which may be the editors.
  • the authors name listed on the contents page or at the beginning of each chapter.
  • no authors listed.

If you use one chapter from an edited book the reference would look like this:

Abbott, S 2010, ‘High concept thrills and chills: the horror blockbuster’, in I Conrich (ed.), Horror zone: the cultural experience of contemporary horror cinema, I.B. Tauris, London, pp. 27–44.

Don't forget to check the Referencing Roadmap to see how you reference an edited book.

Critical reading and notetaking

Is the resource you have found about the right thing and does it use language you can understand?

A quick way of checking that the journal article or book you have found is suitable is to look at the summary:

  • For a book you check the blurb.  This is usually on the back cover or inside the front of the book
  • For a journal you check the abstract. This is a one or two paragraph summary at the beginning of the article

Think about it - if you don't understand the abstract, you probably won't understand the article!

You can also preview the abstract or blurb if they are available by clicking on the item's name on your search results page on the Library's Catalogue.


Making good notes when reading an article or book is an important part of the process. This helps to clarify your thoughts and prepare arguments to be used in your paper. The Study Help pages offer a range of great resources to help.

Peer reviewed articles

How do I find peer reviewed articles?

Many search tools allow you to narrow your results to peer reviewed or scholarly articles. For example in the Library catalogue you can limit results by Peer-reviewed Journals.

How can I be sure an article is peer reviewed?

We recommend you use Ulrichsweb: Global Serials Directory. It is available from the Library's list of databases. Enter the name of the Journal your article is in into the search box. If the journal is peer reviewed you will see a refereed (peer reviewed) symbol next to the journal title.

Passing the CRAAP test

Evaluating information

For more information about evaluating the information you have found view this video