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ENGL 121: Composition Course Guide - Wagner: Scholarly vs. Popular

Resources for Dr. Wagner's ENGL 121 Composition class.

Scholarly Articles

Also called: Scholarly Journals, Academic Journals, Peer-Reviewed, Scientific

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.
Content Original research.
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.

Popular Articles

Also called: Newspapers, Magazines, Trade Magazines

Use the following criteria to determine whether an article is popular.

Audience General readers.
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.
Refereed No