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POLI 301 - Research Methods in Political Science: Find Articles

Scholarly vs Popular

When conducting your research, it is important for you to distinguish between journal articles and magazine articles. Databases are used to find and identify articles from peer-reviewed journals and other types of documents.

Journal articles are usually referred to as "scholarly," while magazine articles are commonly considered "popular". Consider these points when differentiating between journals and magazines.

Criteria

Scholarly Journal

Popular Magazine

Audience

Academics/researchers and professionals

General public

Authors

Experts and/or specialists

Journalists and/or freelance writers

Editorial Review/Peer Review

Journal editorial board and peer reviewers.

Professional editors

References/ Works cited

Yes

Not necessary