Here are a few common characteristics of scholarly sources:
There are a variety of reasons to use scholarly sources:
See the chart below for more details on how the three sources differ.
Staff writers and journalists
|Scholars/researchers||Professionals in the field|
|Scholars, including college students||People employed in the field|
|Editorial board made up of other scholars and researchers||Editor with credentials or experience in the field|
Shorter articles written to entertain, inform or elicit an emotional response
|Longer articles written in a formal, scholarly style to share facts and research with the academic community||Shorter articles written to focus on topics of interest and keep readers up-to-date in the field|
|Documentation / Citation||
Usually published frequently (weekly or monthly)
|Usually published less frequently (quarterly, semi-annually)||Varies Monthly or Bimonthly|
|Advertisements||Numerous ads for a variety
|If there are any ads, they are usually for scholarly products such as books||Some advertising for vendors marketing to people in that field|
|Illustrations||Usually numerous||Fewer, and often include charts and graphs to support research findings||Usually numerous|
Usually glossy and larger in size
|Usually smaller in size, thicker and with a plain cover||Usually glossy, but less flashy than popular sources|
Time, Psychology Today, Rolling Stone, New Yorker(magazines you may subscribe to or buy at a newsstand)
|Journal of Southern History, Annual Review of Psychology, American Literature, New England Journal of Medicine||National Paralegal Reporter, CMA Today, Personal Fitness Professional, Selling Power|
*Scholarly sources may also be referred to as academic, peer-reviewed or refereed.
"Popular Magazines vs. Scholarly Journals". (2005 July 15). University of Texas Libraries. Retrieved 7 Oct. 2005 from http://www.lib.utexas.edu/students/find/popularvscholarly.html
You are writing a paper about eating disorders among college-aged women. Both popular and scholarly sources may be useful for this paper.
Popular sources: Use women's magazines to find personal narratives by college-aged women with eating disorders.
Scholarly sources: Use scholarly journals to find an article by a psychologist reporting findings from a research study of the causes of eating disorders among college-aged women.