Runner's World (Popular Magazine)
Purpose: To entertain, market, or promote a viewpoint
Journal of the American Dietetic Association (Scholarly Journal)
Purpose: To contribute to the evolving body of knowledge within an academic discipline
Click on the links below for Articles 1 and 2. Using the tips above, evaluate each article. Which article is scholarly?
Cast your vote.
For some assignments, your instructor may require you to locate information in scholarly research journals, but how can you easily tell the differences between a scholarly journal and a popular magazine? This sort of basic evaluation is a necessary part of the research process, and a means for you to sharpen your critical thinking skills.
Some of the ways that a research journal typically differs from a popular magazine are:
Scholarly journal articles will indicate authors and their academic credentials; popular magazines may not always list the author.
Scholarly journal articles will include footnotes, end notes, bibliographies, or reference lists; popular magazine articles very rarely do this.
Scholarly journal articles focus on research; whereas, popular magazines focus on current events and topics of general interest, and include lots of ads for consumer products.
Scholarly journal articles are reviewed and fully critiqued by subject experts for research accuracy and importance before being published; popular magazines are not as rigorous.
POINT OF SALE
Where you find publications for sale is a clue. It may be difficult to locate scholarly journals outside of research libraries; popular magazines are usually much easier to find.
Scholarly journals are usually published two or four times a year; popular magazines may be published daily, weekly, or monthly.