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Scholarly v popular rev march_4_2013



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  • 1. Types of Periodicals Periodicals have a variety of characteristics. They can be divided into 3 main types or categories. This tutorial will explain mainly the differences between popular and scholarly journals. SPopular Professional ScholarlyMagazines Journals Journals
  • 2. 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 or – Usually for consumer products items related to journal topic. • Short articles, no bibliographies• Lengthy articles with • Author may not be listed and bibliographies credentials are rare• Author is listed with credentials – Usually staff or freelance writers – Usually part of a university • Articles cover general interest• Article discusses original research topics• Written using vocabulary of the • Written for general public using academic subject everyday vocabulary
  • 3. How do you find them?• Databases – OmniFileFullTextSelect contains scholarly, professional and popular articles. – Some databases contain mainly scholarly journal articles. If you want only scholarly sources, be sure to select the “Peer Reviewed” box in your search!• Newsstands - Some popular magazines can be found at newsstands as well as in databases.
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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
  • 6. Popular: Magazines• Examples: – Sports Illustrated – Parenting – Martha Stewart Living• Characteristics: – Lower reading level – Tips, how to, recipes – Targeted to specific consumer groups
  • 7. Popular: News Magazines• Examples: – Time – Newsweek – U.S. News & World Report• Characteristics – Non-technical language – Current events overviews – Book and movie reviews
  • 8. Popular: Opinion Journals• Examples: – National Review – Christianity Today – New Republic• Characteristics: – Educated audience – Particular viewpoint – Commentary on politics and society
  • 9. Popular: Newspapers• Examples: – New York Times – Wall Street Journal – Detroit News• Characteristics: – Current information – News stories and features – Opinion and commentary
  • 10. Questions? Ask a reference librarian!Phone: 517-750-6742 OR 800-968-9103 ext. 1742Email:
  • 11. Image Credits