At some point in your academic career you will probably be asked to locate and use a scholarly or academic resource.
Scholarly articles are published in scholarly journals. Most of these journals are discipline specific. For example if you study microbiology you might want to look in the Journal of Bacteriology. If you study Shakespeare you might look at Shakespeare Quarterly. Scholarly articles have certain things in common.
Sometimes you will encounter popular resources. Not only will you need to learn how to differentiate scholarly and popular resources but you will need to know when it is appropriate to use a popular resource. Here is some information about popular resources:
- Glossy pictures
- Written for general audiences most likely by non-experts such as journalists
- Easy to locate and purchase
- Catchy headlines and titles
- Articles tend to be short
- Lots of color images and advertisements
- Little or no reference to where the information was obtained
- Examples: Time, Oprah, National Geographic, People, Sports Illustrated
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