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AAS 3980: African American Research Methods (Dixon/Fall 2016): Scholarly vs Popular

Scholarly vs Popular

 

Often, your instructor will limit your research resources to scholarly articles. How can you tell the difference between scholarly vs popular articles?

Popular Articles/Magazines

  • Are often written by journalists or professional writers for a general audience
  • Use language easily understood by general readers
  • Articles not evaluated by experts in the field but by editors on the staff
  • Rarely give full citations for sources
  • Shorter articles giving a broader overview of topics
  • Newspapers are considered as popular magazines

Examples:

                          

       

      Scholarly Articles/Journals

      • Are written by and for faculty, researchers or scholars
      • Use scholarly or technical language
      • Tend to be longer articles about specific research
      • Include full citations for sources
      • Are peer reviewed or refereed (articles are reviewed by an editor and other scholars in the field before being published)
      • Book reviews and editorials are not considered scholary articles, even when found in scholarly journals

      Examples:

                            

         

         

         

        adapted and used with permission from the University of Arizona Library

        http://www.library.arizona.edu/help/tutorials/scholarly/guide.html

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        Scholarly Books

        • Will be based on interpretation of primary sources and other secondary sources
        • Will include citations (in the form of references, footnotes, and/or endnotes)
        • Are often published by university presses (examples: Oxford University Press; University of Georgia Press, etc.)
        • Will include an index