Scholarly books and articles are "scholarly" because they have gone through a vetting process called peer review. The peer review process basically happens like this:
Why is this important for you?
The information in a scholarly text is more reliable and credible than
information in popular sources like newspapers and magazines.
Also, scholarly books and articles tell you a lot about common arguments and ways of thinking used by scholars in a particular discipline.When you are writing a paper or giving a presentation on a topic in that discipline, it is helpful for you to be aware of those arguments and ways of thinking.
find journal articles, conference papers, theses & dissertations, academic websites and more in all subjects. Be sure to check your Google Scholar preferences. Make sure "University of Washington Libraries - Check for Full-Text @ UW" is checked under "Library Links."
Watch this short video for more information about searching Google Scholar to find UW materials.
Many of the Libraries' resources are available online, 24/7!
However, most of the databases, electronic journals and e-books are UW-restricted: