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BIO 191: General Biology I

What are scholarly articles?

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

 

Scholarly Journal Articles

 

How to Identify 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.

 

  • 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 the general public to read)

 

 

Scholarly Article Example

 

"Factors explaining alien plant invasion success in a tropical ecosystem" 

 

What are popular articles?

 

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

 

Popular Articles

 

How to Identify 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 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

 

"Gecko Tail Has a Mind of Its Own"