The term scholarly sources is a blanket term that is often used interchangeably with academic sources and peer-reviewed sources - and they typically have the following qualities:
Typically, academic journals contain scholarly sources called academic articles. Academic articles are going to be your go to resource for scholarly material.
Why bother or care about scholarly sources?
Sure - you could write a paper just using background information while not really saying anything new. It would, in essence, be a book report that reiterates what is already known about a subject. Those kinds of papers are boring - they are boring to write, and they are boring to read.
How you fit scholarly sources into your paper will depend on your rhetorical strategy - but generally, scholarly sources are cited when:
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