Understanding the formats of sources, and the purposes of each format, can help you determine whether you should use the information for a research paper. The formats generally fall within 3 main categories: Popular, Trade and Scholarly. Review these pages to understand the features of each.
Remember, all categories of sources can be found in print and digital media. There are both print and digital collections of popular, trade and scholarly sources. The place (for example, a library or a computer) you find a source does not necessarily define the type of source it is.
Sources appropriate for college research:
Sources appropriate for general information and/or background information
"Anatomy of a Scholarly Article" by Andreas Orphanides is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution - Noncommercial - Share Alike 3.0 United States License.