Scholarly vs. Popular

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Scholarly vs. Popular

  1. 1. SCHOLARLY VS POPULAR
  2. 2. WHAT MAKES A SOURCE SCHOLARLY OR POPULAR ?
  3. 3. WE CAN COMPARE SOURCES IN FOUR MAJOR WAYS
  4. 4. AUTHORITYPURPOSE AUDIENCE CONTENT
  5. 5. PURPOSE Informs or reports on original research Research done by scholars or experts in the field Contains in-depth analysis Entertains or informs a general audience Not in-depth
  6. 6. AUTHORITY Written by subject specialists and experts in the field Author has appropriate credentials Published by a reputable publisher Has gone through an editing/peer-review process Written by journalists, editors, freelance writers, and the like Author does not have appropriate credentials Can be self-published Not peer-reviewed
  7. 7. AUDIENCE Written for a scholarly audience Uses jargon specific to the field of research covered Uses formal language Written for a general audience Does not use jargon or difficult words More informal in tone
  8. 8. CONTENT Often lengthy Includes charts and graphs, but few photographs or eye-catching images Has original research, critiques, theories, or is an in-depth literature review Has many references to other scholarly works Often short - 1 pg. or less Includes eye-catching graphics and photographs Has advertising Includes summaries of news and topics of general interest Typically does not have references
  9. 9. QUESTIONS?
  10. 10. ASKYOUR LIBRARIAN www.gvsu.ed/library CHECK OUTTHE EVALUATING SOURCES LIBRARY GUIDE http://libguides.gvsu.edu/evaluating OR
  11. 11. Left: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sleepallday/3346792685/sizes/o/in/photostream/ Right: http://www.flickr.com/photos/scogle/3571319683/sizes/o/ CREDITS SLIDE ONE

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