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Scholarly vs. Popular Sources

How to tell if a journal is "scholarly" or "popular"

Scholarly vs. Popular Sources

How to tell if a journal is "scholarly" or "popular"

  Scholarly Journals Popular Journals
  Audience Scholars, Researchers, Students General public
  Author Author's credentials are usually listed; usually a scholar with subject expertise. Author may or may not be named.  Often a professional writer with limited or no subject expertise.  
  Citations Required.  All facts and sources can be verified. Rarely listed.  Insufficient facts are sometimes given and sources are difficult to verify.
  Content Articles usually more structured; may include these sections: abstract, literature review, methodology, results, conclusion, bibliography.  May include illustrations that support the text, such as tables of statistics, graphs, maps, or photographs. Articles do not necessarily follow a specific format or structure.  May include illustrations with glossy or color photographs.
  Language Specialized language is used; requires prior knowledge. Vocabulary is aimed at the general public and is understandable for most readers.  
  Examples  

JAMA

JAMA: The Journal of the American
Medical Association

 

 

Time Magazine

Time

 

 

 

Ulrich's

Need to make sure the article is considered "scholarly and/or peer-reviewed"?   Use the link below to check.   tip -- Using the journal's ISSN is the best way to locate the exact publication (You'll quickly notice that many journals are very similar in name)