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Scholarly or Popular?

Table describing the difference between scholarly and popular resources in several common areas.
Indicator Scholarly Sources Popular Sources
Author Can always tell who wrote it; author is an expert in the field with available credentials Name or credentials may not be provided; has little to no expertise on the subject
Audience Written in jargon for other professionals in the field to understand Written in non-technical language anyone can understand
Editor Reviewed by a board of experts (Peer Review) Reviewed not by experts in the field, but by a staff editor
Citations Sources are referenced with in-text citations and a bibliography References to outside sources are rare and do not include a bibliography
Length Longer articles with in-depth analysis, generally at least five pages long Shorter articles with a broader topic focus
Format Clear sections like an abstract, literature review, methodology, results, conclusion, and bibliography. May include illustrations that directly support the text like a table or graph. Does not follow any particular structure. Images may be glossy color photographs or include advertisements.