Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between scholarly journals and popular magazines?

Articles in scholarly journals (also known as academic, peer-reviewed, or refereed journals) are different from articles in popular magazines in author qualifications, difficulty of content and language, intended audience, sources cited, layout, and organization. While popular magazine articles are sometimes acceptable sources for research assignments, many instructors expect students to use articles from scholarly journals.

Link icon  Peer Review in Five Minutes video
Link icon  A chart comparing articles from popular and scholarly sources
Link icon  Anatomy of a Scholarly Article - An interactive guide highlighting the key parts of a scholarly article.

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