Scholarly Resources: What's the Difference?
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- What's in them?
- Who writes them?
- Who reads them?
- What do they look like?
- What are their advantages?
- What are their disadvantages?
|Articles presenting original research or events related to a specific discipline
||Articles about current events and popular culture, opinion pieces, fiction, self-help tips
|Professors, researchers, or professionals; credentials are usually stated in article
||Staff writers or free-lancers; names or credentials often not stated
|Scholars (professors, researchers, students) knowledgeable about a specific discipline
|Mostly text supported by black and white figures, graphs, tables, or charts; few advertisements
||Glossy, color photographs, easy-to-read layout, plenty of advertising
Articles are usually critically evaluated by experts before they can be published (peer-reviewed)
Footnotes or bibliographies support research and point to further research on a topic
Authors describe methodology and supply data used to support research results
Written for non-specialists
Timely coverage of popular topics and current events
Provide broad overview of topics
Good source for topics related to popular culture
Articles often use technical jargon and can be difficult for non-specialists to read
Scholarly journals are expensive and may not be as readily available
Research and review process take time; not as useful for current events or popular culture
Articles are selected by editors who may know very little about a topic
Authors usually do not cite sources
Published to make a profit; the line between informing and selling may be blurred