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Spanish Language and Literature Resources: Citing/Borrowing

This guide provides materials for the study and teaching of Spanish language and literature.

Inter Library Loan, Dissertations and World Cat

Other Loan Options

What is a scholarly source

Journals, magazines, and newspapers are important sources for up-to-date information in all disciplines.

With a collection as large and diverse as Cornell's it is often difficult to distinguish between the various levels of scholarship found in the collection.

In this guide we have divided the criteria for evaluating periodical literature into four categories:

Scholarly
News and General Interest 
Popular
Sensational and Tabloid

Definitions

Scholarly or peer-reviewed journal articles are written by scholars or professionals who are experts in their fields. In the sciences and social sciences, they often publish research results.

Substantive news articles are reliable sources of information on events and issues of public concern.

Popular articles reflect the tastes of the general public and are often meant as entertainment.

Sensational and tabloid articles intend to arouse strong curiosity, interest, or reaction. They do not follow the standards of journalistic ethics. They are not factually accurate.

Keeping these definitions in mind, and realizing that none of the lines drawn between types of journals can ever be totally clear cut, lists of more specific descriptive criteria follow on the next pages.

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