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COR 100: Boy, Girl or What?

What are scholarly articles?

REMINDER: For your assignment, you must use journal articles that are scholarly!


Characteristics of a Scholarly Journal Article

  • Author is an expert in the field. The author's credentials in the field are established, and they are likely affiliated with a scholarly institution and hold an appropriate degree in their field.
  • Written for a scholarly audience in that field of study (often very difficult for the general public to read)
  • There is an abstract to summarize the article. You can read this first to determine if the article will be relevant and useful for you.
  • There is a lengthy bibliography at the end of the article.
  • Often based on original research, or new applications of others' research.

Below is an example of a scholarly journal article in the field of gender studies.

What are popular articles?

REMINDER: For your assignment, you want to avoid popular articles.


Characteristics of a Popular Article

  • Usually appear in magazines, newspapers or non-scholarly journals (with lots of glossy, shiny pictures, and advertisements).
  • Typically written by journalists (not by scholars who are experts in the field).
  • Written for a popular audience, easy to read and understand.
  • Might summarize or present research findings for the public, but the author is not doing original research in a lab.
  • Typically do not include a bibliography, and they don't need an abstract.


Popular Article Example

"Why is the Word Gender Provoking Backlash the World Over" by Judith Butler

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