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(Refereed, Peer-Reviewed) Journal Articles
(Popular) Journal Articles
Scholarly articles are "peer-reviewed" by other experts in the field. Are also sometimes called "refereed articles."
|Non-scholarly articles are meant to inform or entertain readers rather than provide in-depth analysis.|
|Content||Content of articles usually reports on original research or experimentation.||Content of articles often reports on other research or events rather than presenting original research.|
|Bibliography||Articles usually list references in footnotes or endnotes.||Articles are seldom footnoted and the source of information is seldom given.|
|Illustrations||Illustrations, if any, are usually graphs and charts that support the subject content.||Often are illustrated with glossy or color photographs.|
|Author(s)||Articles are written by experts in the field.||Authors are usually on the staff of the magazine or are freelance writers. Author's name is often not supplied|
|Length/Depth||Articles are generally long and contain in-depth coverage of the topic.||Articles are often short and intended to provide an overview of a topic rather than an in-depth analysis.|
|Advertising||Contain few if any advertisements.||Usually contain many advertisements.|
|Publisher||Frequently, articles are published by a scholarly professional organization (e.g. American Chemical Society, American Psychological Association).||Publishers are marketing to the general public and usually make their publications available in stores and newsstands.|
|Language||Authors write in the language of their discipline. Readers are assumed to have some knowledge of the field.||Articles are directed towards the general public and written in non-technical language.|