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Write: For this discussion, you will address the following prompts:

Questions to be answered

Explain at least five differences between popular and scholarly sources used in research.

Locate and summarize one peer-reviewed, scholarly source from the Ashford University Library and one popular source that pertain to your Final Argumentative Essay topic. In your summary of each article, comment on the following: biases, reliability, strengths, and limitations.

From the sources you summarized, list and explain at least five visual cues from the peer-reviewed, scholarly source that were not evident in the popular source.

Required Resources to use


Library La Trobe University. (2009, September 16). Why can’t I just Google? [Video file]. Retrieved from

  • This video provides an animated dialog between two college students in which one appropriately researched her sources for the assignment and the other student simply did a web search and used sources that were not scholarly within his paper. The student who did better on the paper explains the issues with finding sources via a web search compared to scholarly sources one can find in the school library.

Ashford University Library. (2014). Scholarly and popular resources  [Video file]. Retrieved from

  • This video tutorial discusses the differences between non-scholarly or popular resourcesand scholarly, peer-reviewed resources. Popular sources are typically magazines and newspapers that include advertisements and the editor is the only person who reviews the article. Also, there typically isn’t a reference list in a popular source. Scholarly resources are typically found in the form of scholarly journals or books. Experts in the field share their research through scholarly sources.

Last Updated on February 10, 2019 by EssayPro