This guide will help you figure out the difference between Scholarly Journals and Magazines (usually Popular ones).
Popular Magazines (NOT Scholarly)
Are ones that you buy at the store for the purpose of current news or entertainment.
Written by Journalists rather than by scholars.
Don't use for your papers.
Opinion Magazines (NOT Scholarly)
Are written from a particular point of view (religious, political, social, etc.)
Remember that all the articles will have a certain bias
Be sure you recognize this bias if you use it in a paper
Trade Magazines (NOT Scholarly)
Are written for people in a certain industry or occupation
Their purpose is to discuss certain trends and events and give statistics.
Contains ads, new product listings, and directory information
Scholarly Journals (Scholarly)
Are written in technical language by scholars in the field
Little or no advertising
Articles contains charts/graphs, endnote/footnotes, and references (bibliographies) citing the author's sources
If you have questions or need help, contact Common's Reference Desk in Helm (270 745-6125) or your subject specialist librarian.
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Scholarly Articles are written by scholars for other scholars. Look for them to:
Magazine (Popular) Articles are written by reporters for the general public. Look for them to: