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Popular Magazines vs Scholarly Journals

A presentation that explains the difference between scholarly works and popular works.
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Amber Monroe

on 3 June 2015

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Scholarly vs. Popular Sources:
Understanding the Differences

presentation by Amber L. Monroe, MLS
content by Catherine Posteraro, MLS

Characteristics to Consider
Author
General Interest/Popular Magazine
a professional journalist
a layperson
perhaps anonymous
Scholarly Journals
working scholar
professor
recognized expert
identified credentials
Notes/Bibliographic Aparatus
General Interest/Popular Magazine
few or no bibliographic citations
basic fact checking
Scholarly Journals
many often detailed footnotes
bibliography/work cited included
particular attention to detail
verification of information
Style/Audience/Context
General Interest/Popular Magazine
aimed at a wide audience of general readers
language is straightforward and non-technical
topics are usually current events distilled to the basics
prior knowledge of the topic is not generally assumed
Scholarly Journals
written for a narrower audience of scholars in the field
language may be technical or highly specialized
depth of learning is evident
prior knowledge of the topic may be assumed
Editing
General Interest/Popular Magazine
reviewed/proofread by persons employed at the magazine
general fact checking
Scholarly Journals
peer reviewed/refereed: evaluated by a scholarly editorial panel of experts
multiple revisions based on comments and suggestions
Advertisements
General Interest/Popular Magazine
Scholarly Journals
numerous, often in color
aimed at the consumer
fewer in number (sometimes designated at either the beginning or end of a journal)
products are usually specialized and often take the form of announcements (new books, conferences etc.)
Frequency and Availability
General Interest/Popular Magazine
Scholarly Journals
usually monthly or weekly
available by subscription or purchase at newsstands, markets, bookstores
varies-often quarterly or monthly rather than weekly
sometimes available only by subscription or membership in professional organization
*Not every publication will exhibit all of the identifying features discussed*
author
notes/bibliographic apparatus
Audience/style/content
editing
advertisements
frequency/availability
look for a majority of expected traits
and determine how scholarly a source you need
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