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THIST 151 World History II: 1500 to Present - Sundermann: Is it popular or scholarly

What is a Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journal Article?

Popular or Scholarly?




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Who reads it? General public Professionals in the field, scholars and "experts"
Who writes these? Reporters or journalists Professionals, scholars, and "experts."
What's in them? News, pop culture articles, interviews.  They use non-technical language, entertainment/general interest articles.  No bibliographies In-depth research articles, book reviews, essays. May use specialized or technical language. Research articles contain bibliographies and/or citations to other sources.
What do they look like? Consumer advertising, glossy photos, attractive layout. Dense text.  Fewer, more specialized ads.
When/how are they available? Typically available through public libraries (and some academic libraries) Typically available through academic libraries.
What are they good for? Broad overview of complex topics, popular perspective, finding out what is being written about a topic generally. Findings of current research, checking accuracy of data and/or statistics, reviewing important research on a specific topic or theme.
Editorial process Editors and publishers decide what gets printed each issue. Panel of experts in the field decides what gets published.
Some examples Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, National Geographic, The Nation American Politics Research, Journal of Black Studies, Immigration and Minorities,  Ethnic and Racial Studies