Wednesday, October 7, 2009

SCHOLARLY or POPULAR -- Can you tell the difference?

You may be required to include articles from scholarly journals for some of your class assignments.

Scholarly Journals are written by and for scholars, researchers, and professionals in a particular field. Their purpose is to review, report, and make available original research, experimentation, and information. Articles in these journals go through a peer-review or refereed process before publication. Sources are always formally cited

Professional Trade Journals are often considered scholarly journals. These journals are written for people working in a particular profession and articles may or may not go through a peer-review or refereed process before publication. Sources are usually cited.

Popular Magazines are written to appeal to the general public. Their purpose is to inform and/or entertain. Sources may be mentioned but are not formally cited.

If you are not sure you understand the difference between scholarly and popular journal articles this chart should help.

http://www.twu.edu/library/scholarly.asp


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