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Evaluating Information

Learn how to determine whether or not a webpage is reliable.

Scholarly vs. Popular Journals

Scholarly vs. Popular Journals

Scholarly

Purpose is to inform and to report on original research or experimentation.

Popular

Aimed for the general public.

 

Articles are written by a scholar or researcher in the field.

Author may or may not be named; articles are written by editorial staff or professional writers.

Always cite their sources. There is usually a summary or abstract at the beginning of the article and the credentials of the author.

Rarely cite sources.

Peer reviewed: articles are reviewed by scholars or researchers before being published.

Not peer reviewed.

Language used is that of the discipline; requires prior knowledge.

Language is geared for a general audience and is understandable for most readers.

Examples: