Scholarly/Peer Reviewed Journal Article
Popular Magazine Article
Author is expert on topic or scholar
Author may be a lay reporter (non-professional)
Includes sources: footnotes and bibliography
Sources may not be cited formally
Vocabulary is complex and technical
Vocabulary is familiar, non-technical
Graphics used to illustrate a point
Graphics used for visual impact
Published monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually
Published weekly or monthly
Published in an academic journal
Published in a popular, general interest, or news magazine
Report events or findings of others
For more help understanding the difference between scholarly and non-scholarly articles,
Things to Consider:
Who is the author?
What is the intended purpose?
Who is the audience?
Bias? For profit or personal gain?
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