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Is My Article Scholarly or Popular?: Is My Article Popular or Scholarly?

What's the difference between scholarly and popular articles?


 

Scholarly

  • Who writes them? 
    Scholars, researchers, experts in a field... professors at a college or university

  • Who are they for?
    Other experts. Students may be required to read them by professors

  • What is their purpose?
    Communicating results of studies or research

  • Are they peer-reviewed? 
    Many are...ask a Librarian how to make sure you find peer-reviewed articles or click here

  • Do they cite their sources?  
    Yes

  • Vocabulary?
    Specific to the discipline

 What else is different? 
Few ads, ads target the discipline; include few photos; no glossy pages

Popular

  • Who writes them? 
    Journalists; professional writers

  • Who are they for?
    The general population

  • What is their purpose?
    Informing, entertaining

  • Are they peer-reviewed? 
    Not usually...

  • Do they cite their sources? 
    They might mention a source but do not cite them

  • Vocabulary? 
    Common language

‚Äč What else is different?
Many advertisements, photos; eye-catching designs; glossy pages

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