Scholarly Journals vs. Popular Magazines

Scholarly journals are concerned with academic study and contain research. They often use a process of peer review prior to publishing an article, whereby other scholars in the author's field or specialty critically assess a draft of the article. These journals are "peer-reviewed" or "refereed." Articles in scholarly or peer-reviewed journals cite their sources in footnotes or bibliographies.

To determine whether or not a journal is peer-reviewed, you can look it up in Ulrich's Periodicals Directory (shelved at the Reference Desk).

In many Online Periodicals Indexes, you can search for articles in peer-reviewed journals only.

Popular magazines are written for the general public and reflect their tastes and intelligence-level. Magazines can contain substantive news, articles concerning current events, or other topics of general interest.



 
 
 
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“At HSU my schedule in any given semester was likely to include chemistry and philosophy, or biology and history, or physics and literature. That juxtaposition of ideas helped me understand things in ways that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise. A physicist who has learned how to think like a historian, or like a biologist, or like a philosopher is much better equipped to solve a wide variety of complex problems than someone who has mastered some quantity of technical information.”
 

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Dr. Anthony P. LyonsBachelor of Science - Physics, 1988
 
 
 
 
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