Differences Between Scholarly and Popular Articles
Articles from academic and peer-reviewed journals are generally the most credible, relevant, and up-to-date sources for information since they are generally written by subject specialists, experts, and/or professionals in the field.
Articles from magazines and newspapers, which are usually produced for the general public, are usually written by an editorial board or journalists, but they can still be useful sources for general information or for opinion articles.
The chart below explores the differences between scholarly articles you'll find in the SC4 databases versus articles from general magazines and newspapers.
An Abstract is at the beginning of the article. This is a summary of the researchers/authors' study methods, arguments, conclusions, and more.
Author(s) - Scholarly articles often have two or more authors. The authors' credentials, affiliations, and other information is usually listed on first page of the article, under the title or sometimes on the last page of article.
Headings/Sections in the article include:
Introduction -- Usually one paragraph, sometimes more, describing the subject of the article
Methodology -- Provides information about how data was collected, what data was gathered, and who participated in the study
Discussion/Results -- Offers information about the results of the study and what was learned
Conclusion -- Summarizes the findings of the research/study and any recommendations or limitations of the study
References/Bibliography -- Detailed list of references used in the research is generally found at the end of the article
Technical/Specialized Language - Scholarly articles are generally written in formal, technical language.
Charts, Graphs, Diagrams, etc. - Scholarly articles are often communicating results of studies and research and so will include charts, graphs, diagrams, and other visual aids.
Length - Scholarly articles are usually relatively long; often they are four pages or more.