How can you tell the difference between and scholarly and popular periodicals? Here are some differences between scholarly and popular sources.
|Geared to scholars, researchers, professionals||Geared to the general public|
|Long articles; in-depth coverage of research/study||Short articles summarizing research/issues|
|Articles include many bibliographical references||Few, if any, bibliographical references|
|Few ads; few photos unless related to research||Many ads and photos|
|Often issued quarterly||Usually issued weekly, monthly, or daily (newspapers)|
|Often sponsored by academic/professional group||Can find them at a bookstore or grocery store|
Many databases offer the option to search for "peer-reviewed" journal articles - those are academic articles reviewed by the authors' peers for accuracy during the editing and publishing process.
If you are using a database that does not have this filter option, or if you find an article citation somewhere else, you can check if the article was published in a "peer-reviewed" journal or magazine by using Ulrichsweb. Search for your journal or magazine by title and look for a little black and white striped jersey icon next to its name.
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