Also called: Scholarly Journals, Academic Journals, Peer-Reviewed
Use the following criteria to determine whether an article is scholarly.
|Audience||Scholars, researchers, professors, students.|
|Author||Professionals, experts in the field. Credentials are listed in the article.|
|Length||Usually lengthy, often 20-40 pages long.|
|Citations||Many detailed citations.|
|Refereed||Yes; Articles go through a peer-review process where they are critiqued by other experts in the field before they are published.|
Also called: Newspapers, Magazines, Trade Magazines
Use the following criteria to determine whether an article is popular.
|Author||Varies, but typically journalists, staff writers, 'guest' experts. May not be signed.
|Content||Non-technical, entertainment, news. May report on original research (such as breaking medical research)
|Length||Usually short, 1-5 pages.
|Citations||No, incomplete, or very few citations.
Currency: the timeliness of the information
Relevance: the importance of the information for your needs
Authority: the source of the information
Accuracy: the reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content, and
Purpose: the reason the information exists