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Research Resources Toolkit: Scholarly vs Popular Articles

Scholarly vs Popular

Scholarly (academic, peer reviewed) articles don’t have to be read from beginning to end like you would a novel.


These questions will help you focus your reading in on the important parts of scholarly articles.

What is a scholarly journal?

Scholarly journals contain articles written for academicians in a field. They use technical language and are often long. They also may contain charts, graphs, or a bibliography.




How a scholarly article is published

Scholarly vs. Popular

How to Read a Scholarly Article

You don't have to read the entire article -- skim it first.
Here's a graphic to help you understand reading an academic article (brought to you courtesy of North Carolina State University


What is a popular magazine?

A popular magazine has articles written for the general public.  They use easily-understood language and the articles tend to be short. 




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