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Tell the difference between articles authored by a scholar from articles written by a journalist. (2:37)


[Bell rings 3 times] Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to today’s match up between Scholarly Articles and Popular Articles.

Have you had an assignment that required you to cite “academic” or “scholarly” articles? If not, you will at some point.

Scholarly articles are a crucial component to research and writing at the university level.

Popular articles, on the other hand, are written by journalists.

Round 1 goes to Scholarly Articles!

While scholarly articles contain original research, popular articles are usually about current events, or report on the research done by experts.

Round 2 goes to Scholarly Articles!

Scholarly articles are usually text-heavy, contain few images – usually charts or graphs – and always cite their sources.

They also contain specific special sections, such as Abstract, Introduction, Methodology, Discussion, and References.

Popular articles often feature images or even advertisements and rarely cite any sources.

Round 3 goes to Scholarly Articles!

The language of scholarly articles is formal and contains terms specific to the field.

Popular articles are written for a very broad audience, so are less formal and contain simpler language.

Round 4 goes to Scholarly Articles!

Before they are published, many scholarly articles go through a peer-review process in which other experts read the article to ensure that it is of high quality.

Popular articles do not go through a peer-review process but our editor looks at it if that helps.

Round 5 goes to Scholarly Articles! [Crowd cheers, bell rings three times]

These scholarly, peer-reviewed articles can be found in any of the library’s many databases - just look for terms such as “scholarly,” “peer-reviewed,” or “refereed” in the search options or an article’s information.

Need more help on this? Contact the library in person, on the phone or by e-mail.

Popular Articles, you may be popular, but when it comes to students and their research, you are KO’ed!

Scholarly Articles, you are the clear winner! [Crowd cheers]