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Scholarly v. Popular
Video produced by Wayne State University Libraries.
A Quick Guide to Evaluating Periodical Articles
These criteria apply to all periodicals (online or print).
on the other hand:
Bibliography, footnotes, or endnotes.
- evidence of research conducted
provides author’s credentials Written by expert(s) in the field.
Published by Associations, Research Institutes, University Presses.
- the policy of experts examining article before acceptance for publication
Written in the jargon of the field
- for scholarly readers (professors, researchers or students.)
Illustrations that support the text
- such as tables of statistics, graphs, maps, or photographs
No footnotes or references.
Written by journalists who are usually not experts in the field.
Easy to read. Intended for lay audience. Informative and entertaining.
Many advertisements throughout the magazine.
Glossy, slick. Illustrated with graphics and photos.
Web of Science
contains 3 Scholarly Citation Indexes: Web of Science
Social Sciences (1900-present)
Arts & Humanities (1975-present)
Find influential articles and track citation usage.
Find what newer articles have used the original it since it was published.
Recommended for advanced users.
A Citation Map with forward and backward views. Source: Web of Science (Thomson Reuters)
- note the "Cited by" links
Leverage Footnotes and Bibliographies
Footnotes and bibliographies
... are a quick way to find related materials and track authors.
1. what was cited in the orginal article 2. find out who has cited an article since it was published
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