Research Minute: Scholarly vs. Popular Articles


Scholarly vs. Popular Articles PVCC Jessup Library
Research Minute Video What is the difference between a Scholarly Article and a popular article? For many assignments, instructors may ask you to use certain types of sources For this bibliography, you must use 4 scholarly articles. What is a scholarly article?
How is it different from a popular article? Criteria for evaluating scholarly and popular
articles: Author
Source Purpose
Audience Vocabulary
Citations Scholarly Articles
Author: Researchers, Scholars, & Experts with credentials in their field
Source: Academic journals (Example: International Journal of Psychology)
Purpose: To share research findings Audience: Other researchers and scholars
Vocabulary: Contains specialized vocabulary Citations: Provided for all sources Scholarly Article Example
Author: Scholar/ Expert Source: Academic journal
Purpose: Share research findings Audience: Other researchers and scholars
Vocabulary: Specialized Citations: For all sources referenced Popular Articles Author: Journalists, Non-experts Source: Newspapers, Popular Magazines (Example:
TIME Magazine) Purpose: General information
Audience: General public Vocabulary: Everyday language
Citations: Few or no citations provided Popular Article: Example
Author: Journalist Source: Magazine/Newspaper
Purpose: General information Audience: General public
Vocabulary: Everyday language Citations: Few or none Recap:Scholarly vs. Popular Articles Author–Researchers & Experts (Scholarly Article)
Journalists, Non-experts (Popular Article) Source–Academic Journals (Scholarly Article)
Newspapers, popular magazines (Popular Article) Purpose–To share research findings (Scholarly
Article) General information (Popular Article) Audience–Other researchers & scholars (Scholarly
Article) General public (Popular Article) Vocabulary–Specialized language (Scholarly
Article) Everyday language (Popular Article) Citations–Provided for all sources (Scholarly
Article) Few or now citations provided (Popular Article) Thanks for watching!
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