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How can I tell if an article is scholarly?

Last Updated: Apr 15, 2015  |  1794 Views
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Scholarly Journals

  • Articles tend to be lengthy
  • Reading the articles requires your undivided attention
  • The author provides a complete list (bibliography) of the sources used
  • The entire issue is devoted to one topic, such as biology
  • Articles contain few pictures and advertisements
  • Often there are illustrations or graphs supporting the authors research
  • Articles usually are located by using a subject-oriented database such as PsycINFO, Historical Abstracts, Biological Abstracts, etc.
  • The authors credentials are provided
  • The periodical is published or sponsored by a scholarly or a professional association or an academic press

Examples:  Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Modern Fiction Studies

 

Popular Magazines

  • Articles tend to be short
  • Articles are easy to read
  • There may be no indication of where the author got the information used in the article
  • The issue may be devoted to one or many topics
  • There often are many pictures
  • There are many advertisements
  • Articles are found using a general database such as Academic Search Premier
  • You may not know who wrote the article or the author's credentials
  • Periodical is published by commercial publisher

Examples:  Popular Mechanics, Newsweek, Ebony, Sports Illustrated

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