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The Difference Between Scholarly and Popular Print Sources

Journal - Scholarly

The Journal of Asian Studies

Magazine - Popular

National Geographic


Detailed report of original research or experiment. Secondary report or discussion may include personal narrative, opinion, anecdotes.


Author's credentials are given, usually a scholar with subject expertise. Author may or may not be named; often a professional writer; may or may not have subject expertise.


Faculty, scholars, subject experts General public; the interested non-specialist.


Specialized terminology or jargon of the field; requires prior knowledge. Vocabulary in general usage; understandable to most readers.


Required. All quotes and facts can be verified. Rare. Scanty, if any, information about sources.


Developmental Psychology Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Almost anything with Journal in the title. Usually come with memberships in scholarly societies and are only available in libraries. Psychology Today, Discover, news magazines. Almost anything available in a store.

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