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Can answers on eNotes be classified as "scholarly sources?"   Can eNotes answers be classified as "scholarly sources?"

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Gracie O'Hara eNotes educator | Certified Educator

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Post 6 is correct. I would mark down any student who cited eNotes as a reference. Contra Scott's position, peer reviewing in journals is normally done by experts with PhDs and significant scholarly publications in a field. Answers here are often produced and evaluated by people who may have pedagogical but not subject matter expertise.

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I would not call the answers peer-reviewed in the traditional sense, but I do think that if an answer is wrong it is likely to be corrected.  The one answer policy probably does inhibit this to a certain extent.  There should be a one CORRECT answer policy!

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I probably wouldn't allow students to cite enotes as a scholarly source.  For me it's the difference between expert (as mentioned above) and scholarly which would keep me from letting students use this as a research source.  This is an effective, helpful and generally reliable resource, which is different than a source in scholarly research.  I know that reflects on me and others who regularly...

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