Popular, aka, "Magazine"
- Short articles
- Many ads and pictures
- No bibliography
- Quick read
- Typically found in Doctor's offices, hair salons, etc.
Scholarly, aka, "Peer Reviewed"
- Lengthy, well-researched articles
- Substantial bibliography
- Typically found in academic library or research centers
- No or few pictures or ads
- Written for a specialized audience
Finding Scholarly Articles
- When was the information published or last updated?
- Have more recent articles been published on your topic?
- Does your topic change rapidly (Popular culture, technology)?
Here are two (2) websites with contrasting definitions of CURRENCY
- Does the source add something new to your knowledge of the topic?
- Is the information too technical or simplified for you to use?
- Does the information meet the reuqirements of the assignment?
Look at this website as an example of possible RELEVANCY
- What are the Author's credentials?
- Is the author affiliated with an educational institution or prominent organization?
- Is the relationship between the author and the institution clear?
- Can you find information about the author from the source?
Look at this websites as an example of AUTHORITY
- Are there statements you know to be false?
- Is it free from errors - spelling, punctuation, or grammar?
- Are there links to other reliable sources?
Here are two (2) websites as a dubious source of ACCURACY
- Is there an obvious bias or prejudice?
- Are alternate points of view presented?
- Is the author's purpose to sell, persuade, entertain or sell?
Here are two (2) websites of dubious Bias with questionable PURPOSE