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ENGL 2111 - Abbott (Online) - Fall 2021

What's the difference?

When you're doing research, it's important to understand the difference between popular and scholarly sources. Scholarly sources are written with an academic (thus the word "scholarly) audience in mind. They're written BY subject experts FOR subject experts, and because of this are at the top of the pile when you need to find high-quality sources!

Popular vs. Scholarly Sources

Use this chart to help you recognize scholarly sources!

PROTIP: Use the "Galileo Scholarly/Peer Reviewed" check box to help you narrow things down!

Sources: Scholarly vs. Popular Author: In scholarly articles, the author's credentials are given, usually a scholar with subject expertise. In popular articles, the author may not be named; a professional writer or journalist who publishes on a wide variety of topics and lacks subject expertise. Audience: For scholarly articles, the audience is scholars, researchers, students. For popular articles, the audience is the general public. Citation: In scholarly articles, sources are cited in footnotes and/or a bibliography. In popular articles, citations are rare. Scanty, if any information about sources. Review: Scholarly articles are peer-reviewed or referred by scholars in a similar or the same field. Popular articles are not reviewed or reviewed by non-specialized editors. Publisher: Scholarly articles are usually published by an academic or scholarly press. Popular articles may have no publisher, and unknown publisher or be published by a popular press that publishes a wide range or popular sources. Format: Scholarly sources are found in books or scholarly journal articles. Popular sources can be found in magazines, websites, and newspapers.
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