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Scholarly vs Popular Guide

Scholarly Journals
vs.
Popular Magazine Articles

Characteristics Scholarly Journals Popular Magazines

Appearance

The Library Quarterly

Serious and plain with graphs & charts to illustrate concepts and few photos or advertisements

Newsweek Magazine

Attractive, glossy pages with many color photos and advertisements


Intended Audience


Researchers, academics and college students    

 


General public


Writing Style/
Language


Formal writing style with terminology specific to the field. Usually structured (i.e., abstract, literature review, methodology, results, conclusion, bibliography)


Informal writing style and language with no set structure or format


Purpose


To present original research


To provide general information and entertainment


Author(s)


Experts or authorities in the field (e.g., researchers or academics)


Staff or freelance writers and journalists


References


Sources are cited with footnotes & bibliographies or works cited


May mention sources in text, but no formal citations


Accountability


Articles are reviewed and evaluated by a board of experts in the field (a peer-reviewed or refereed process)


Articles are reviewed by the editors of the magazine


Examples


International Journal of Sociology, Journal of Social History, The American Journal of Public Health


Time, National Geographic, New Yorker, U.S. News

 

(jk 5/07)