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EXS101: Scholarly vs Popular Articles

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Popular Publication Examples

Scholary Publication Examples

Scholarly VS Popular

Types of Articles

It's really important to determine what type of resources you need for your assignments. As you research your topic,  you will discover different types of articles.  Some resources are written for students, scholars or other experts and are generally referred to as SCHOLARLYOthers are written for the general public and are usually referred to as POPULAR. 

Both scholarly and popular articles can be found in the library's databases.

Check out the chart below to see how Scholarly and Popular resources are different. 

Differences between scholarly & popular articles





 Longer articles, providing in-depth analysis of a topic.

 Shorter articles, providing broader overviews of  topics.

 Written by experts in the field, with names and  credentials always provided.

 Written by staff writers or journalists, with names and  credentials sometimes provided.

 Scholars, researchers, students.


 The writing is often technical and can be more difficult  to read if you are unfamiliar with the field.                   

 The articles are written in a non-technical language    for anyone to understand.                                


 Usually critically evaluated by a board of experts in  the field (this is called peer review).

 Approved by editors on staff.             


 Structured and may include the following sections:  abstract, literature review, methodology, results,  conclusion, and bibliography.

 Shorter and do not necessarily follow a specific  format or structure.                                                                                                

 Includes illustrations that support the text  (graphs, tables, statistics, maps, or photographs).  

 Usually minimal or no advertising. 

 Often illustrated with glossy images or photographs,  and includes advertisements.                                                                                                                          

The Impact of Organic Farming on Quality of Tomatoes Is Associated to Increased Oxidative Stress during Fruit Development 
PLoS ONE. Feb2013, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p1-6. 6p.


 Is Organic Food Really Healthier?
 Time. 7/28/2014, Vol. 184 Issue 4, p16-16. 1p

 (after clicking on the link, click the PDF link on the left)