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CHEM 100 - Principles of Chemistry - Lohuis

Your guide to library resources at HACC

Finding Scholarly Articles

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

Scholarly or Popular?


General characteristics of scholarly journals and popular magazines


Scholarly Journals

Popular Magazines


Lengthy (5-50) pages

Short (1-5) pages


Intended for an academic, professional, or scholarly audience

General, non-academic, non-specialized audience


 Articles written by academics or researchers in the field

Reporters or professional writers, rather than researchers 


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


Monthly, quarterly, or even once a year

Published frequently (weekly, biweekly, or monthly)


Publish reviews of the literature

Graphs or tables

Little or specialized advertising

Photographs & illustrations

Glossy look

Extensive commercial advertising.


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)


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