Created by the librarians at UNC-Chapel Hill
Remember: if the article only meets one of these criteria, it is not automatically a scholarly source. It is a culmination of the criteria that make it scholarly.
Primary - In scientific writing, a primary source is the original research study.
Secondary - Secondary sources are articles that critique, discuss, or analyze a study.
To help identify the parts of a scholarly article, check out this interactive tutorial created by Andreas Orphanides at NCSU Libraries.