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Decoding Scholarly Articles : 2. Scholarly vs. Popular Sources

The Scholarly Conversation


Important Terminology

  • Scholarly sources: journal articles and books written to communicate research to other experts in an academic discipline. A journal is a "periodical": a new issue is published at regular intervals (eg four times per year), and each issue contains a collection of articles. Articles described as academic, scholarly, and peer-reviewed are all types of scholarly articles.
  • Popular sources: articles, books, and other media intended for a general, non-expert audience. News is a good example of a popular source. (Note that "popular" in this sense does not require that many people like it.)