Academic sources, otherwise known as Scholarly Sources, are juried. That means they are blind judged for accuracy and solid research. These sources include:
Academic Press (books, journals and "letters" from university press publishers, ex: University of Nevada Press, BYU Press, Princeton Press, etc.)
Academic Journals (specific publications by professors and juried by their peers, usually published by a university or an academic association).
For my courses only: The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times,
both of which go through a juried process and both of which have other
significant reasons to count as "academic sources" for undergrad students.
Sometimes, but usually not: .org
(NEVER .com, .biz, .info, etc.)
Primary Documents: letters, laws, government statistics, Congressional Record, actual documentation though official channels or that can be authenticated as honest and true from the time ("Love Letters of an Airman", "Bill of Rights", specific codes of law, etc.)
Primary interviews with experts or those who have experienced something first hand (you must be able to defend and confirm their expertise specific to what you are writing or talking about).
Artifacts (pottery, relics, letters, etc.)
Posted on 09/20/2013 at 12:00:00 AM