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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.


Scholarly Journal

Popular Magazine


Academics/researchers and professionals

General public


Experts and/or specialists

Journalists and/or freelance writers

Editorial Review/Peer Review

Journal editorial board and peer reviewers.

Professional editors

References/ Works cited


Not necessary

Core databases