Answered By: Lynn VanLeer Last Updated: Dec 05, 2016 Views: 1972
Basic definitions of words are found in dictionaries, while scholarly definitions typically come from scholarly journal articles or books.
You can use the dictionaries found in the Walden Library for the definitions of most words:
More specialized dictionaries can be found using the Walden Library's Dictionaries page.
You will need to locate scholarly definitions within the literature of your field. Scholarly definitions are typically required for dissertations and other doctoral capstone work.
Scholars may disagree about the exact meaning of a term, or how it should be used and applied. You will typically see a discussion of terms in the introduction or literature review section of scholarly articles.
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