Non-Scholarly sources can be used for finding best practices, current events, popular opinions, easy to understand summaries, and entertainment. These sources are usually not appropriate to use in research papers.
|background and context||current research, studies, and specific topics||interviews, news footage, images, etc.||current data, interviews, museum artifacts, etc.|
For some research topics, you may want to cite original documents, interviews, artwork, artifacts, novels, poetry, or music. These are all primary sources, which were either created at the time of an event or created by a person who experienced an event. Primary sources offer a unique insight into a particular time or topic.
Examples of primary sources: