WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
|Who reads it?||General public.||Professionals in the field, scholars and "experts"|
|Who writes these?||Reporters, journalists, almost anyone.||Professionals, scholars and "experts".|
|What's in them?||News, non-technical language, entertainment/general interest articles. No bibliographies and may be slanted to illicit an emotional response.||In-depth research, technical language, original research studies, bibliographies and references. Typically more objective.|
|What do they look like?||Consumer advertising, glossy photos, attractive layout.||Dense text. Fewer, more specialized ads.|
|When/how are they available?||Typically available: weekly and/or daily. Available at newsstands.||Typically available: monthly, quarterly, or biannually. Usually subscription only.|
|What are they good for?||Broad overview of complex topics, popular perspective, finding out what is being written about a topic generally.||Current research findings, checking accuracy of data and/or statistics, reviewing important research on a specific topic or theme.|
|What else?||Usually used as a secondary source. Editors and publishers decide what gets printed each issue.||Primary source for lab or field research. Secondary sources for review articles. Panel of author's colleagues decide what gets printed in each issue.|
|Some examples:||Some examples: Time, Newsweek, National Geographic, New York Times||Some examples: Nature, Journal of Ecology, Climate Research|
Taken from UW Research 101
Presented here are the first and last pages of a scholarly article. Click on the highlighted areas for clues about what to look for when identifying scholarly articles.
Note: Not all scholarly articles will have charts/graphs/equations.