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Discovery Seminar - Fragrances & Flavors - Mo - Fall 2020

This guide will help you locate resources for your project on chemical fragrances and flavors.
  Evaluating Sources

Some of the questions you should ask when evaluating sources of information are:

  • Audience? Who will be reading this source?
  • Author? Who wrote this source?
  • Credentials? What are the credentials of the author? Can you tell if they are an expert on the subject? 
  • Are there sources or links to other information about the topic? Yes (If so, what kind?) or No.
  • Purpose? What is the purpose of this source?
  • Language? How easy or difficult to read or understand will most people find this source?
  • Publisher? Who published this source?
  • Source of information reliable? Would you trust this source? 
  • Scholarly/Popular? Is this source scholarly or popular?
  • Peer Review? Is this source peer-reviewed? How can you tell?

  Popular, Scholarly, and Trade Publications

Comparison Chart

The chart below explains how to identify and weigh the different characteristics of popular, scholarly, and trade publications.

                                    Chart originally created by Vanessa Garofalo, MLIS for Easter Library.

  Popular vs. Scholarly Articles

INSTRUCTIONS: Click each image below to login and look at each article more closely. Take note of some of the differences between this popular science article (left) and the scholarly science article (right). Refer to the chart below to learn some of they key characteristics of these sources. (NOTE: Login using your Emory NetID and password e.g. jpsmith)


     Popular Article                                            Scholarly Article

Ulrichsweb Serials Directory

Ulrichsweb Serials Directory can be used to verify the intended audience of a serial publication (also called a periodical) and whether or not it is considered scholarly. It is also a way to check whether or not a scholarly journal is peer reviewed.