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ENGL 101 - English Composition I - Hall: Databases and Articles

Types of Articles

popular magazine

Popular resources contain articles from magazines and newspapers that can be found at local bookstores, grocery stores or newsstands. These resources have glossy pages with bright colors and images. They feature many advertisers. Trendy issues and opinions, not serious research, tend to make up the bulk of these publications (56).

Upson, Matt, et al. Information Now: A Graphic Guide to Student Research. U of Chicago P, 2015

 

 
trade periodical picture

Professional or trade publications specialize in information relevant to a profession or industry and are published by professional organizations. Articles found in trrade publications may be acceptable for research, but be sure to verify questionable claims or conclusions (57).

Upson, Matt, et al. Information Now: A Graphic Guide to Student Research. U of Chicago P, 2015

 
scholarly article picture

These articles are written by professional academics and researchers. The articles are published by professional organizations or academic institutions and feature original research and analysis of topics of importance to a profession or academic area. The articles are peer reviewed. These are credible sources (59).

Upson, Matt, et al. Information Now: A Graphic Guide to Student Research. U of Chicago P, 2015

 

Databases and Articles

Scholarly Journals vs. Popular Magazines

scholarly article and popular article description

Scholarly vs. Popular

A scholarly and popular articles differ. Scholarly articles are written by experts in their fields and are the most reliable sources. Popular articles are written by journalists and not experts in one particular field.

  • Length for scholarly articles are sometimes 5-50 pages
  • Audience for scholarly articles are academics, college students, and scholarly audiences
  • Expertise for scholarly articles. written by academics, professors, specials, researchers
  • Peer-reviewed. Scholarly articles are peer-reviewed by authorities in a particular subject field that decide whether it is a credible piece of research.
  • Subjects. Scholarly articles are confined to a single, very specific aspect or a subject area.