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Academic (Scholarly) and Popular Articles: Home


Welcome to UAB Libraries' guide to identifying the differences between academic versus popular sources! Here you will learn the difference between the two types of sources, why the difference is important, and when they are appropriate to use. We will also give some real-life examples. 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to our Freshman Composition and Student Success Librarian, Sydney Orason, at! 

Identifying Journal Types

This short document lays out the differences between academic and popular resources with an easy-to-use chart. 

Video Explanation - Academic vs. Popular

Academic vs. Popular Articles


Freshman Composition and Student Success Librarian

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Sydney Orason
Sterne Library, office 157D
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