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Scholarly vs. Popular Publications

What's the difference between peer-reviewed articles, magazines, magazine and news publications?

Scholarly/Academic/Refereed/Peer reviewed Journals

Scholarly journal articles, also called academic or peer-reviewed, tend to be written by experts in the field. Characteristics are:

  • Lengthy and detailed
  • Include abstract or summary of research
  • Written by specialists and experts doing original research
  • Reviewed and evaluated before publication
  • Intended for academic use
  • Use technical or professional language
  • Ends with reference list
  • Contain few, if any, advertisements

Below is an example from the journal titled Inorganic Chemistry


From: Belock, C.W., Cetin, A., Barone, N.V. & Ziegler, C. J. (2008). Transition metal coordination chemistry of N,N-Bis (2-{pyrid-2-ylethyl})hydroxylamine. Inorganic Chemistry, 47(16), 7114-7120.

Examples of Scholarly Journals

Find Scholarly Articles

In some databases like Academic Search Premier or Proquest Central, you can limit to scholarly (Peer-reviewed) journals. Some databases like JStor or Project Muse have a scholarly focus so the articles indexed are from scholarly sources. 

Journal, Magazines & Newspapers

Use our Journal A-Z list to find a specific title. We might have it in print, microform, or through an online database.

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