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NURS 329:Research Methods: Scholarly V. Popular

Scholarly Versus Popular Sources


Here are the basics: (Check out this handy dandy chart for more information!)

Popular Magazines/Newspapers:

  • glossy, pretty pages with lots of advertisements and pictures
  • written by hired reporters for a general audience
  • short, easily read articles

Scholarly Journals:

  • somewhat dull looking - very few pictures or advertisements
  • written by experts in the field and reviewed by other scholars before publication
  • long articles with citations and bibliographies at the end

And about literature reviews!

Some links for you to check out:

Scholarly vs Popular video


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