Scholary and Popular Resources

The goal of this tutorial is to help you distinguish scholarly and non-scholarly resources and when it is helpful to use one or the other.
Non-Scholarly resources like newspapers or magazines tend to be authored by journalists not scholars. There are often few cited references or bibliographies. They are often commercially driven. They have a high publication frequency. They are very timely but undergo less review and scrutiny.
The authors of scholarly resources like journal articles and books tend of be academics affiliated with an academic institution or research organization. The articles display a specific methodology and are accompanied by references and citations. Works are generally peer reviewed by other experts in the field. They have a lower publication frequency. They undergo a high degree of review, but can be less timely.
There are other resources that play an important role in research that don't clearly fit either category. For example, statistical and geospatial data, company reports, and works of art.
Choosing a resource requires you to know what work that resource will be doing in your project.