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Writing 001 (Chavez): Scholarly & Popular Articles

Academic Writing

Differences Between Popular & Scholarly Articles

Ulrichs Global Serials Directory

Not sure if an article is scholarly or popular?  Ulrichs has detailed information on more than 300,000 publications.  Enter journal/magazine title in the search box and find your publication.  Then, look for Academic/Scholarly in the Content Type field.

Try these titles:

  • Scientific American
  • Agronomy for Sustainable Development
  • Time

Evaluating Sources to Find Quality Research

Portland Community College Library, 5:27

What are the three questions you should ask yourself about a source?

Peer Review in 3 Minutes

North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries, 3:15

  1. What do peer reviewers do?  How are they similar to or different from editors?
  2. Who are the primary customers of scholarly journals?
  3. Do databases only include peer-reviewed articles?  How do you know?

Example: Scholarly Article

  • This article describes the results of a study (it has a methods section, a results section, & description of how the study was carried out, etc)
  • There are lots of citations and references to other research
  • Charts and graphs illustrate the findings
  • The article was written by a researcher in this field

Example: Popular Article

  • The article describes a movie and how it might be received.
  • Lack of academic jargon / few references
  • Does not describe a study; rather is telling us about an issue
  • No assumption that we already know a large amount about this topic