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CHM Advising: Introduction to Chemistry Library Resources

What are scholarly articles?

Here are some common characteristics of scholarly journal articles:

  • 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:

What are popular articles?

Common Characteristics of Popular Articles:

  • Usually appear in magazines, newspapers or non-scholarly journals (with lots of glossy, shiny pictures, and advertisements)
  • Typically written by journalists (not by 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

Popular Article Example:

>"The Periodic Table Expands Once Again"

Are these articles popular or scholarly?

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