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Scholarly v. Popular
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Create A Keyword List
The right keywords help to effectively search catalogs, databases, and the Internet.
- Compile a list of keywords that represent each concept of your topic.
Search Generator (Northwest Missouri State University) to help you create a keyword search.
-Use more specific terms when searching databases versus catalogs.
- Look for additional terms in your search results.
Google Books for keywords in the title, table of contents, subject headings, and text of books.
- Use the
Library of Congress Authorities and Vocabularies thesaurus
to find variations of keywords and subject headings.
You may need to do multiple searches (RE -search) in various databases.
With patient and persistence, you will find relevant material.
Evaluating Periodical Articles
Scholarly Articles have:
This provides evidence of the research that was conducted to produce the article. Bibliography, footnotes, or endnotes.
Usually there is information that describes the author’s credentials and current position. Written by expert(s) in the field.
Published by Associations, Research Institutes, University Presses.
Refers to the policy of experts in the field examining journal articles before acceptance for publication. “Peer reviewed.”
for scholarly readers (professors, researchers or students.) Written in the jargon of the field
such as tables of statistics, graphs, maps, or photographs Illustrations that support the text, Popular Magazines on the other hand:
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.
These criteria apply to all periodicals (online or print).