Popular Magazines vs. Scholary Journals


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Popular Magazines vs. Scholary Journals

  1. 1. Scholarly Journal vs. Popular Magazine
  2. 2. Periodicals
  3. 3. What is a Periodical? <ul><li>Periodicals are published on a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual basis. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Periodicals can be: <ul><li>News & popular magazines </li></ul><ul><li>Newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Professional trade journals </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarly journals </li></ul><ul><li>Sensational press </li></ul>
  5. 5. Popular Magazines
  6. 6. Popular Magazines <ul><li>What does it look like? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attractive and glossy with many graphics and ads. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Who is the Author? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff or freelance writer; sometimes a well-known person who isn’t necessarily an expert in the field. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Popular Magazines <ul><li>Who is the audience? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>General Audience </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Who is the publisher? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Commercial Publishers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What is the purpose? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To entertain to sell, and/or to promote a viewpoint </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Popular Magazines <ul><li>Is it cited? </li></ul><ul><li>Rarely cites sources. </li></ul><ul><li>What are some examples of Popular Magazines? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Scholarly Journals
  10. 10. Scholarly Journals <ul><li>What does it look like? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plain, white pages. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contains few pictures and ads. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Includes in-depth scholarly articles that are usually several pages long. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uses technical and specialized language. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Scholarly Journals <ul><li>Who is the Author? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scholars, researchers, and experts in the field. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Who is the Audience? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Written for a specific audience. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scholars, Academics, and Students in the field of study. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Scholarly Journals <ul><li>Who is the publisher? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Usually a professional association. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What is the purpose? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To share one’s original research or experimentation with other scholars. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Scholarly Journals <ul><li>Is it cited? Yes. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Includes footnotes and bibliography. </li></ul></ul>footnotes
  14. 14. Scholarly Journals <ul><li>Names of Scholarly Journals includes any of the following words: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Annals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proceedings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quarterly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Survey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transactions </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Scholarly Articles
  16. 16. Scholarly Articles <ul><li>Scholarly articles can cover a wide variety of topics. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>They may be original papers that describe empirical studies and their results, or a literature review on a topic, or they may explore a subject in detail. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Scholarly Articles <ul><li>A typical scholarly article will include some or all of the following features: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Written by an expert or a researcher in the field. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer reviewed by one or more experts in the field. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Scholarly Articles <ul><li>Scholarly articles will contain: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An abstract or a brief summary of its main points. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An introduction, methodology, discussion or results, and conclusion. </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Scholarly Articles <ul><li>Scholarly articles will contain: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Graphs and charts and/or much math. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A lengthy bibliography with a long list of sources. </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Scholarly Articles <ul><li>Scholarly articles will contain: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advance and technical vocabulary. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A brief biography of the author. </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Scholarly Articles <ul><li>How do you identify a scholarly article from a citation? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Includes one or more authors. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Articles are lengthy, at least six pages long. </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Scholarly Articles <ul><li>How do you identify a scholarly article from a citation? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pages are consecutively numbered throughout the year. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Article title may be long and describe the main points of the article. </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Scholarly Articles <ul><li>Where can I find a scholarly article? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scholarly articles can be found in the databases accessible through the library’s website. </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Scholarly Articles <ul><li>Some subject-specific databases contain mostly scholarly publications. </li></ul><ul><li>Some databases allow you to limit your search to scholarly articles. </li></ul>
  25. 25. The End