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Sociology

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You often need to identify scholarly journal articles for term papers and literature reviews.  This page provides you with the information you need to differentiate between scholarly and popular articles.

You can often discover whether a journal is peer reveiwed/refereed by checking a journal's website.

Tutorial

Scholarly journal articles are written by experts in their field. In the social sciences these experts are often university faculty.  Scholarly journals are often called peer reviewed or refereed journals because they require articles undergo a peer review prior to publication.

This tutorial reviews the differences between popular and scholarly sources. If you have questions about the scholarly journals, please don't hesistate to ask!

Claire T. Carney Library Tutorials

Scholarly Journals

 

Tutorial: Popular Magazines and Scholarly Journals Tutorial.

Self Assessment:
Popular Magazines and Scholarly Journals

Scholarly Journals

How Can I Tell the Difference

 

Magazines

Journals

Appearance

Often contain color images, likely have an attractive and glossy appearance

Very text heavy, limited pictures and graphics, black & white

Advertisements

Often glossy and abundant

Generally very limited, advertisements relevant to discipline (e.g., no Wendy’s, Best Buy, etc.)

Audience

General

Scholars & students

Authors

Journalists/Reporters

Scholars, experts in the field

Content

Secondary reporting, easy to read, articles edited by magazine editors

Original Research, discipline specific jargon,  articles often undergo a “peer review” process

Purpose

Provide general information

Report findings of original research, serve as record of discipline specific knowledge