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What is a scholarly article or source?

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A scholarly source is something you are wouldn't pick up and read just for fun; it is intended for educational or professional purposes, not entertainment. It is written by a person with a lot of education and experience with that subject area.  It went through a rigorous process of editing and approval before being published.  It cites sources and lists references. It uses formal language without slang - often using jargon related to a specific academic field.  It often is lengthy and doesn't have advertisements,  a lot of photos, or color.