Scholarly Journals vs. Popular Magazines

 

Scholarly Articles:

 

          Written by credentialed experts in a particular field of study, such as science, literature, history, etc., for a specialized audience of other experts

 

          Written for a specialized audience (other experts in a field of study)

 

          Refereed or peer reviewed -- reviewed by an editor and other specialists before being accepted for publication)

 

          Language is scholarly or technical

 

          Research-based and often lengthy

 

          Include references for sources

 

          Advertisements not included, or only highly specialized advertisements

 

Examples of Scholarly Journals:

 

American Psychologist

Film History

New England Journal of Medicine

Political Science Quarterly

 

Popular Articles

 

          Written for a general audience by journalists

 

          Often cover current events, general interest or special interest (non-academic) topics

 

          Language is easily understood by general readers

 

          Rarely include references

 

          Articles often shorter than scholarly articles

 

Examples of Popular Magazines:

 

Hot Rod

Martha Stewart Living

Newsweek

Time

                                                                                                                                                                           

 

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