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Scholarly vs Popular Sources: Differences between Scholarly and Popular Sources

Examples of Scholarly Journals

Examples of Scholarly Journals:

  • Economic Review
  • Journal of Contemporary History
  • Learning Disabilities Research & Practice
  • Nursing Management

Scholarly vs Popular Articles Differences

Scholarly Journal Articles often:

  • are written by experts (professors and researchers)
  • are intended to be read by other professors, researchers and students.
  • use specialized or technical vocabulary for the field.
  • include lengthy list of references (citations).
  • are longer and focus more in-depth on research
  • have little or no advertising.

Popular Magazine Articles often

  • are written by journalists.
  • are intended to be read by the general public
  • use language understood by most readers
  • rarely include citations for their sources
  • are shorter and general in focus
  • have a lot of advertising.

Examples of Popular Magazines

Examples of Popular Periodicals:

  • Wired
  • Scientific American
  • Business Week
  • Advertising Age, a trade magazine
  • New York Times, a newspaper