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English Comp II: Scholarly vs. Popular

Scholarly vs. Popular

Scholarly vs. Popular

  Scholarly Journals Popular Magazines Trade Publications
Content Geared towards scholars, researchers and professionals. These journals typically publish research findings, reviews on research, and book reviews. Includes current events and general interest articles for a broad readership. Articles specific to a business or industry.
Purpose To share research and scholarship with the academic community. To inform, entertain, or elicit an emotional response. To inform professionals in a specific industry of business of relevant news, trends, and products.
Author Scholars, Researchers Staff writers, journalists, and freelancers Staff writers or business and/or industry professionals.
Audience Scholars, Researchers                                                              Includes college students at all levels. General Public Business and/or Industry Professionals.
Review Editorial board made up of scholars and researchers.                * Not all scholarly journals are peer-reviewed. Editor Editor
Citations Footnotes/endnotes or bibliographies. None May include citations, but not necessarily.
Frequency Semi-annually, Quarterly, or Monthly.                                        A few may be weekly publications. Weekly or Monthly Weekly or Monthly
  Few, if any. If ads are present, they are usually for scholarly products. Medical journals may contain ads for pharmaceuticals. Numerous ads for various products. Ads for products geared toward specific industry or business needs.
Appearance Smaller in size, thicker, plain covers.                                        Images may include charts and graphs. Glossy and larger in size with numerous color photos and advertisements. Glossy and larger in size with color photos and product advertisements.

American Literature, Child Development, Criminology

Forbes, Psychology Today, Time, Sports Illustrated, Vogue

Educational Leadership, Counseling Today, The Police Chief

How to Find a Scholarly Article

When searching the databases for scholarly articles, you will usually see a checkbox to click before you complete your search, so that your results will only include scholarly or peer reviewed articles.  They are sometimes called refereed articles, but these terms essentially mean the same thing.  

If you have found an article that you want to use for your paper and are unsure if it is scholarly, feel free to ask one of our Librarians who can help you.

See below for an example of what the search screen looks like in any EBSCOhost database before and after you search and Gale databases after you search.