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Writing 105 (Downey): Types of Information

Grammar & Style

Types of Information

University of West Florida, John C. Pace Library (4:06)

  • What is the purpose of encyclopedias?​
  • What is the purpose and main features of scholarly articles?
  • What is the purpose of monograph books?

Types of Information

CQ University Library, "Evaluating Books, Journals, Journal Articles, and Websites

Virginia Tech University Library, "Types of Information Sources"

Scholarly or Popular?

Not sure if an article is scholarly or popular?

Here is a chart that shows some of the main differences between these two source types.

You can also check to see if the publication an article is from is scholarly or popular by using the Ulrichs Global Serials Directory, which has detailed information on more than 300,000 publications.

  • Enter journal/magazine title in the search box.
  • Find the publication in the list of results. 
  • Look to see if it says Academic/Scholarly in the Content Type field.