Contemporary Science Fiction

Course #: EN281-Y

About this Guide

This guide was created to help you identify, find, and cite scholarly sources for your Essay Assignment.

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What is a Scholarly Source?

The term scholarly describes sources that have gone through different kinds of 'quality control' and improvement processes before publication. These processes involve separating out work that meets the highest standards of research from work that does not meet those standards.

Common types of scholarly sources are peer-reviewed journal articles and books.

Where to Search

To search for scholarly articles and books, you can search Omni (the Library search tool). You can also search databases such as the MLA International Bibliography for peer-reviewed articles.


For this assignment, you'll need to cite your sources in MLA style.

Purdue's MLA Formatting and Style Guide is really helpful. Specifically, check out:

Reading Strategies for Scholarly Sources