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Library:Scholarly versus Popular Sources/Quick Reference 1 Library:Scholarly versus Popular Sources/Quick Reference Quick Reference The following outlines the key differences between scholarly, popular and professional publications. Criteria Scholarly Popular Trade/Technical Advertisements Few ads, usually for publication services in the discipline covered Many ads - typically for retail products and services. Will have advertisements which will generally be targeted to professionals in the field. Appearance Plain design, black and white graphics (print versions), containing charts, graphs, and tables. Slick design, glossy paper (print versions), with colour pictures, photographs, and illustrations. Slick design, glossy paper (print versions), with graphics, photos and illustrations. Audience Professors, researchers, college and university students General public Professionals in the field and possibly interested amateurs. Author Written by scholar within an academic field - i.e., a current researcher at a university or research institute. Written by journalists who may lack discipline and/or subject expertise. Professionals in the field or journalist with specialist background Language University level, in the specialized vocabulary of the discipline covered. No glossaries or list of defined terms - target audience will already be familiar with this vocabulary. Non technical, simple vocabulary accessible to the majority of readers. Online popular sources may hyperlink unfamiliar terms to dictionary defintions, Wikipedia entries etc. Specialist jargon/terminology of the field but likely not as technical as scholarly journals.

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Library:Scholarly versus Popular Sources/Quick Reference 1

Library:Scholarly versus PopularSources/ Quick ReferenceQuick ReferenceThe following outlines the key differences between scholarly, popular and professionalpublications.

Criteria Scholarly Popular Trade/Technical

Advertisements Few ads, usually for publicationservices in the disciplinecovered

Many ads - typically forretail products and services.

Will have advertisementswhich will generally betargeted to professionals inthe field.

Appearance Plain design, black and whitegraphics (print versions),containing charts, graphs, andtables.

Slick design, glossy paper(print versions), with colourpictures, photographs, andillustrations.

Slick design, glossy paper(print versions), withgraphics, photos andillustrations.

Audience Professors, researchers, collegeand university students

General public Professionals in the fieldand possibly interestedamateurs.

Author Written by scholar within anacademic field -i.e., a current researcher at auniversity or research institute.

Written by journalists whomay lack discipline and/orsubject expertise.

Professionals in the field orjournalist with specialistbackground

Language University level, in thespecialized vocabulary of thediscipline covered.No glossaries or list of definedterms - target audience willalready be familiar with thisvocabulary.

Non technical, simplevocabulary accessible to themajority of readers. Onlinepopular sources mayhyperlink unfamiliar termsto dictionary defintions,Wikipedia entries etc.

Specialistjargon/terminology of thefield but likely not astechnical as scholarlyjournals.

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PeerReviewed/Refereed?

UsuallyJournal Articles: Experts in thefield review articles in mostscholarly journals. Submissionsare not published if they do notpass the scrutiny of thereviewers.MaybeScholarly books: Academicpresses typically employeditorial boards to review thequality, accuracy and validity ofmanuscripts.However, not all editorialboards are comprised of subjectexperts - check board members'affiliation/qualifications todetermine if "peers" are part ofthe review process

NoOnly the magazine editorreviews submitted articles.

NoMay be reviewed by staffeditors with experience inthe field, but no formalpeer-review process.

Publisher Professional organizations,universities, research institutes,scholarly presses and scholarlyunits of commercial enterprises.

Commercial enterprises. Professionalsociety/association;commercial enterprises

Purpose Report on original research,experimentation, methodology,and theory. Refute / supporttheories of other researchers inthe field.

Inform or entertain thereader, sell products, and/orpromote a viewpoint.

Report on the state of aparticular trade or industry -news, trends, products etc.Focus is on information forpractitioners in the field -continuing professionaldevelopment

ResearchDocumentation

Footnotes and bibliographiescite the author's research.

Sources are rarely cited. May have footnotes orbibliographies but notessential practice.

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Article Sources and ContributorsLibrary:Scholarly versus Popular Sources/ Quick Reference  Source: http://wiki.ubc.ca/index.php?oldid=185945  Contributors: JSchatz,ShawnnaParlongo, WikiAdministrator

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