Scholarly vs. Popular Articles
A scholarly journal is a collection of articles written by scholars in an academic or professional field. Some journals are peer-reviewed or refereed, which means a panel of scholars reviews articles to decide if they should be accepted.
Features of scholarly journals:
- written by scholars and subject experts with information about the author's affiliation and (usually) a contact address
- written for other scholars and students
- dedicated to a specific discipline, like nursing, history, women's studies, etc.
- longer than magazine articles
- no general advertising, color photographs are an exception
- have extensive references
Characteristics of a scholarly article
- An abstract that offers a brief synopsis of the article.
- A statement of the problem or research question.
- A methodology of how the study was conducted or how the research was done.
- The results or conclusions.
- A bibliography of the sources consulted.
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