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COR 100: Understanding Your Self (Chin)

What are Scholarly Articles?

Here are some common characteristics of scholarly journal articles:

- Article appears in a peer reviewed journal (filter your search results for "peer reviewed")

- 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.

- There is a lengthy bibliography at the end of the article.

- Based on original research, or new applications of others' research

- Written for a scholarly audience in that field of study (difficult for others to read)

Scholarly article example:

Listening in to Gang Culture

What are 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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