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Learn about scholarly and popular journal publications

book coverThis page of the module is about journal publication types.

Different types of publications have different purposes and different audiences. Journals and magazines are usually divided into three broad categories: scholarly, popular, and trade.

One very important difference between scholarly journals and other types of publications is peer review.

This page will help you learn to distinguish the three different types of publications. 


Watch the short videos to ensure you are using quality information in your assignments.


Academic articles - a library minute

The Library Minute: Academic Articles by Arizona State University


Scholarly vs non-scholarly publications

This video by the University of Sydney Creative Commons License allows you to join these students on their journey of discovering quality information.

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Scholarly versus non-scholarly resources by The University of Sydney Library

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Hierarchy of publications


research pyramid

Beware: Scholarly journals can contain non-scholarly articles!

For example, many scholarly journals publish book reviews and letters to the editor. These are not peer-reviewed, but they will show up in database search results even if you limit results from scholarly/academic journals.

You can spot these articles easily. They don't cite their sources formally, they don't have formal sections, and they are often very short. Many databases also label these types of articles to make it easier for you.


Scholarly and popular sources

Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals (final) by PeabodyLibrary


Substantive newspaper articles - how are they different?

Research Minutes: How to Identify Substantive News Articles by Olin & Uris Libraries, Cornell University


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