Most assignments require that you use information from "academic sources". What is an academic source? How do I identify one?
An academic or scholarly source seeks to clearly communicate concepts in a particular discipline such as nursing, business, psychology etc.
It is often appropriate and necessary to also refer to non-academic publications in an assignment. Be guided by the set requirements for the particular assignment. If in doubt about the suitability of a particular article for an assignment task, ask your tutor.
These are some of the main types of scholarly journal articles:
|Academic / Scholarly journals||Non-academic Journals|
|References||In-text citations, Reference list at the end||Few or no references, self-referenced|
|Author||Academic or qualified professional in the discipline||Anyone, sometimes affiliated with a product or practice being promoted|
|Appearance / Format||Text based and may include tables, charts and figures, little or no advertising||Advertising, glossy images|
|Intended audience||Students, academics and other professionals in the discipline||Anyone|
|Bias||Weighs and presents all evidence fairly||May provide only one view|
|Content||Discipline specific language, includes an abstract, generally substantial in length||Plain English, usually shorter articles|