Articles from scholarly journals are among the most authoritative sources we have, and, as such, they can give you excellent support for your argument.
According to ProQuest Research Companion, one of the best ways of minimizing bias and incompetence is peer review. This is the process in which experts review and provide feedback on drafts of articles and books before they are published.
Learn about what Peer review is and the process for peer reviewed information from Elsevier.
ProQuest Research Companion Definitions:
A primary source is original information. It could be a letter, a diary entry, a piece of legislation, a literary text like a poem or a novel, an eyewitness account, data from a scientific study, a classified ad, or any number of other things.
A secondary source is an interpretation, analysis, commentary, riff, or basically anything on, of, or about a primary source. Examples of secondary sources include an analysis of a political speech, a critique of an original scientific study, and an examination of the social attitudes expressed in a collection of tweets.
Primary Source Examples Secondary Sources Examples
Eyewitness Accounts Textbooks
Government Documents Published books
Interviews Articles that analyze or discuss ideas