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4 - Popular vs. Scholarly Articles

Popular vs. Substantive News vs. Scholarly Articles

The information you find and use along the cycle of research can be categorized as popular, substantive news, or scholarly articles.

Compare the basic differences below.

  Popular Periodicals Substantive News Periodicals (magazines and newspapers) Scholarly Journals
   
Purpose: Entertainment Information about current events and issues Original research and findings (research articles)
Authors: Staff writers, journalists, or freelancers Staff writers, journalists, or freelancers Experts in the field: researchers, practitioners, professors and scholars
Audience: General public General public Scholars knowledgeable about a specific discipline