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Tutt Library Research Guides
A Quick Guide to Evaluating Periodical Articles
These criteria apply to all periodicals (online or print).
Scholarly Articles have :
Popular Magazines on the other hand :
- Bibliography, footnotes, or endnotes.
- evidence of the research conducted
to produce the article
- Written by expert(s) in the field.
- information describing the author’s credentials and position
- Published by Associations, Research Institutes, University Presses.
- “Peer reviewed.”
- the policy of experts in the field examining journal articles before acceptance
- 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.
Scholarly v. Popular
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