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Research and the Library: Using Resources WISely

This tutorial and module will guide you through the process of library research.

Scholarly v. Popular

Scholarly Popular
  • Written by experts in the field; i.e. scholars, professors, or researchers
  • Edited by an editorial board composed of scholars in the field who referee or peer review the article
  • Include references and full citations
  • Written for experts and scholars in the field
  • Tend to use more scholarly or technical language
  • Address specialized research topics
  • Are usually longer in length
  • Written by journalists or laypersons
  • Edited by one or a few people who work for the magazine
  • Has very few references with incomplete citations
  • Written for a general audience and an average reader
  • Contain general information and current events
  • Are often full of colorful images and ads
  • Are usually shorter in length


Scholarly journals go through a peer review, or refereed, process before being published. In order to be published in peer-reviewed journals, articles must be approved by scholars and experts in the field the research article is written. The publication process for peer-reviewed journals looks like this:


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