Q. What is the difference between scholarly and popular articles?
Three kinds of publications may be available to review after a search in one of Pima's databases.
- Scholarly resources -- intended for use in support of conducting in-depth research, often containing specialized vocabulary and extensive references to sources. The content has been reviewed by academic peers for credibility and reliability.
- Popular resources -- intended for a general audience of readers, they are written typically to entertain, inform, or persuade. These resources are usually referred to as magazines, newspapers, blogs, and similar materials.
- Trade publications -- intended to share general news, trends, and opinions among practitioners in a certain industry or profession.
When preparing your assignment, be sure to check whether or not you are required to use scholarly or academic journals, or a combination of scholarly journals and popular sources. You can often restrict your data base searching to scholarly or academic materials by selecting only to search those beforehand.
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