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Popular vs Scholarly: Resources

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This Subject LibGuide will take you through the process of performing research in order to create an academic level research paper or project.

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Keep track of the sources you use so it will be easier for you to create the appropriate citations!

Popular vs Scholarly

Popular articles are from publications that are "popular" to the general public. They can be identified by the following characteristics:

  • Articles about "hot topics"
  • Color images or people, places, and things
  • Common language
  • Lack an author or citation information
  • Short article length
  • Written by journalist for the mass public

Scholarly articles are found in professional journals; they can be identified by the following characteristics:

  • Articles related to professional studies in a particular field
  • Author and citation information is displayed
  • Long in length
  • Images of statistics data, graphs, and charts
  • Professional, technical, and scientific language and writing style
  • Reviewed and written by professionals in the field

Undergraduate Research: It is important to know that popular and scholarly articles are good sources of information. When selecting articles think about the way you are going to use the content.

Popular: background research

Scholarly: academic cite-able research

Popular Scholarly

Marie Claire

American Literature

Time

American Criminal Law Review

Wired

Aerospace Power Journal

Yoga Journal

BCM Health Services Research

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