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ENG 023 - Kilker: Popular vs. Scholarly Resources

Popular magazines vs. Scholarly (Peer-reviewed) journals

Here are some broad guidelines to determine if your article is scholarly or not.  There is NOT an exact definition for scholarly journals.

Is it a "Scholarly" or "Peer-Reviewed" (same thing) article?  Look for an article that:

  1. --contains actual research studies or critiques actual research studies.

  2. --lists the authors of the article, and their credentials and current job will be listed in a footnote or at the end of the article.

  3. --often published by a professional organization.

  4. --edited and checked by a named editorial board of experts that consists of experts in the field (peer-reviewed).

  5. --if you have the PDF, the page will contain only text, with tables and charts, and no commercial graphics or advertisements on the pages.

  6. --has an abstract on the first page and a substantial bibliography at the end.

  7. --is longer and written in the technical language of people who work in that field.


Magazines are the opposite, a magazine article:

  1. --might not discuss research at all, just states facts or opinions

  2. --often there is no specific author -- unsigned.

  3. --is published by a commercial publisher.

  4. --proof-read by an editor who works for the publisher.

  5. --If you use the PDF file, there will be prominent advertisements throughout the page.

  6. --has few, if any references in a list at the end of the article.

  7. --has short articles written in non-technical language for a general audience.