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CHEM 100 - Principles of Chemistry - Lohuis: Scholarly or Popular?

Your guide to library resources at HACC

A video from your HACC Librarian

Finding Scholarly Articles

Brief video on how to find scholarly articles, from Cornell University.

Scholarly, Popular or Trade?

Scholarly or Popular?

 

General characteristics of scholarly journals and popular magazines

 

Scholarly Journals

Popular Magazines

Length

Lengthy (5-50) pages

Short (1-5) pages

Audience

Intended for an academic, professional, or scholarly audience

General, non-academic, non-specialized audience

Expertise

 Articles written by academics or researchers in the field

Reporters or professional writers, rather than researchers 

Bibliography

Yes! A bibliography (references)  allow the reader to consult the same material that the author used

Not often. The reader cannot easily link to the original sources

Frequency

Monthly, quarterly, or even once a year

Published frequently (weekly, biweekly, or monthly)

Inclusions

Publish reviews of the literature

Graphs or tables

Little or specialized advertising

Photographs & illustrations

Glossy look

Extensive commercial advertising.

Subjects

Confined to a single, specific aspect of a subject area (e.g., music theory, European political science, film studies, language development.)

Variety of subject areas (Time, Newsweek)

Or single subject area with the intent of informing or entertaining a general audience (Sports Illustrated)

Vocabulary

Use technical or specialized vocabulary

Use conversational language often written at a general education level

Peer-Review Process

Articles are sent to authorities in a particular subject field that decide whether it is a credible piece of research

No, magazine staff edits articles