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Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals (3:13)
What Are Periodicals?
Periodicals are any material that is published periodically, e.g. daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.
- Newspapers (not scholarly)
- Magazines (not scholarly)
- Trade journals (not scholarly)
- Academic or Research Journals (scholarly)
Is It Scholarly or Popular?
Determining what makes a journal scholarly is not a clear-cut process, but there are many indicators which can help you.
Academic or Peer-reviewed Journal
- Discusses practical information in industry
- Contains news, product information, advertising, and trade articles
- Contains information on current trends in technology
- Articles usually written by experts in the field for other experts in the field
- Articles use specialized jargon of the discipline
- Useful to people in the trade field and to people seeking orientation to a vocation
General Interest Magazines
- Provides information in a general manner to a broad audience
- Articles generally written by a member of the editorial staff or a freelance writer
- Language of articles geared to any educated audience, no subject expertise assumed
- Articles are often heavily illustrated, generally with photographs
- No peer review process
- Sources are sometimes cited, but more often there are no footnotes or bibliography
- Articles are short and written in simple language with little depth to the content of these articles
- The purpose is generally to entertain, not necessarily inform
- Information published in popular magazines is often second-or third-hand
- The original source of information contained in articles is obscure
- Articles are written by staff members or freelance writers
What Is a Journal and a Peer Reviewed Article? (1:24)
Peer Review in 3 Minutes (3:16)
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