What they look like
|Academic journals are collections of articles written by subject experts. The articles go though a rigorous review process by other experts in the subject before they are approved for publication. Academic journals generally have a subdued cover .|
|Popular journals will have a colorful cover designed to draw people in. The articles are written by knowledgeable people for the general public. They are published with very little review.|
|Scholarly Sources vs Popular Sources||A 3 minute video from Kimbel Library recapping the differences between scholarly (academic) and popular sources.|
Scholarly books look like any other book. Scholarly books are generally distinguished by the author's credentials and the publisher.
Why Academic Books/Articles are called Academic
- Academic journal articles and books are called “academic” because they are written by people in academia for other people in academia.
- They are also call “scholarly” because they are written by scholars for scholars.
- Journal articles are also call “Peer Reviewed” because each article is reviewed by peers of the scholar (that is, scholars in the same discipline).
- Books are reviewed and edited by editors with extensive knowledge of the subject.
Academic (Scholarly, Peer Reviewed) vs Popular Articles: Understanding the Difference
Academic (Scholarly, Peer Reviewed) Articles
· Are written by professors, researchers or scholars;
· Are written to inform other scholars of original research or experimentation;
· Are written in more specialized or technical language;
· Have footnotes or bibliographies;
· May contain research findings or data;
· Are generally available only by subscription;
· Are lengthy.
Popular Magazine or Newspaper Articles
· Are written by journalists or reporters;
· Are written to inform, to persuade, or to entertain;
· Are intended for a general audience;
· Usually do not contain bibliographies;
· Can be purchased at a grocery store;
· Have glossy covers.