Social Work *: Scholarly and Popular Sources

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Scholarly and Popular Sources

 

 

Scholarly 

Popular

Author

Written by researchers who are experts in the discipline 

Written by journalists or nonacademics

Audience and Topic

Academics, scholars, and researchers - subject specific

General public - general topic/issues

Frequency

Monthly, quarterly, or annually 

Published weekly or monthly

Ads

Few to none 

Many ads or promoted content

References

Footnotes, bibliography, and sometimes appendices 

Few to none

Review Process

Peer reviewed by other experts 

Reviewed by a publication editor

Images

Tables, graphs, or photographs 

Lots of photographs and illustrations

Structure

Lengthy (usually 7+ pages) 

Often short in length

Tone

Formal tone with technical language 

Casual tone with little jargon