Skip to Questions

Ask A Librarian!

Q

What is the difference between popular and scholarly journals?

Last Updated: Feb 17, 2015  |  30 Views

Was this helpful? 0   0
A

Answer

Articles in scholarly journals (also known as academic, peer-reviewed, or refereed journals) are different from articles in popular magazines because of author qualifications, difficulty of content and language, intended audience, sources cited, layout, and organization. While popular magazine articles are sometimes acceptable sources for research assignments, many instructors expect students to use articles from scholarly journals.

Examples:

  • Scholarly - Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
  • Popular - Time Magazine

You can learn more about the differences in popular and scholarly sources in the library's Research 101 LibGuide.

Answered by Kathleen HutchisonBookmark and Share

Other Answers / Comments (0)

    More ways to ask us!

    • a small icon
      Via SMS: TXT your question to (601)326-2031  more info
    • a small icon
      Call us (601) 925-3916
    • a small icon
    • a small icon
      Ask in person on library 2nd floor at Reference Desk