Credibility: If you’re a student writing a research paper, scholarly sources help establish credibility.
Authority: A scholarly source can lend more authority than a news report or book. While a journalist or author might interview experts, a scholarly source actually is an expert.
Impartiality: A scholarly source offers findings that have been authenticated and should be free of confirmation bias.
This latter point is critical, says Rodney Luster, PhD, a widely published researcher, a regular contributor to Psychology Today, and chair of the Center for Leadership Studies and Organizational Research at UOPX.
“We’re all passionate about the things we want to write about,” Luster says. “If we’re not careful, confirmation bias — interpreting new findings as confirmation of our beliefs — can creep in.”
True scholarly sources don’t allow this to happen.