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  • 1. Which is which?Scholarly Popular• Few illustrations • Many illustrations – Usually graphs or charts – Usually glossy, color photos• Few advertisements • Many advertisements – Usually for academic services – Usually for consumer or scientific processes products• Lengthy articles with • Short articles, no bibliographies bibliographies • Author may not be listed• Author is listed with and credentials are rare credentials – Usually staff or freelance – Usually part of a university writers• Article discusses original • Articles cover general research interest topics
  • 2. How do you find them?Scholarly Popular• Academic database • Google search – ProQuest, ERIC, others – Newspaper or magazine• Journal list home page – “Find Articles” on library • Reader’s Guide home page • Newsstand Some databases contain both scholarly and popular articles. If you want only scholarly sources, be sure to select “Peer Reviewed” in your search!
  • 3. Popular: Newspapers• Examples: – New York Times – Wall Street Journal – Detroit News• Characteristics: – Current information – News stories and features – Opinion and commentary
  • 4. Popular: Magazines• Examples: – Sports Illustrated – Parenting – Martha Stewart Living• Characteristics: – Lower reading level – Tips, how to, recipes – Targeted to specific consumer groups
  • 5. Popular: News Magazines• Examples: – Time – Newsweek – U.S. News & World Report• Characteristics – Non-technical language – Current events overviews – Book and movie reviews
  • 6. Popular: Opinion Journals• Examples: – National Review – Christianity Today – New Republic• Characteristics: – Educated audience – Particular viewpoint – Commentary on politics and society
  • 7. Popular: Professional Trade Journals• Examples: – Advertising Age – Library Journal – Modern Plastics• Characteristics: – Written for professionals in the field – Current trends and practices – Meetings, jobs, personalities
  • 8. Scholarly: Academic Journals• Examples: – Journal of Social Psychology – Journal of Applied Physiology – New England Journal of Medicine• Characteristics: – Technical language – Reports of original research – Research methods and results, discussion and extensive citations
  • 9. Questions? Ask a reference librarian!Phone: 517-750-6742 OR 800-968-9103 ext. 1742Email: saulibrary@gmail.com
  • 10. Image Creditshttp://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0720.htmlhttp://www.marthastewart.com/customer-servicehttp://img.timeinc.net/time/magazine/archive/covers/2012/1101120109_400.jpghttp://c0.nrostatic.com/nrd/images/covers/20120206.gifhttp://www.tandf.co.uk/common/jcovers/websmall/V/VSOC.jpg