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|Scholarly Journals||Popular Magazines|
Written for professionals within the field of study.
Written for the "average" person who doesn't have in-depth knowledge of a topic.
Authors are usually experts, often university researchers. Author’s credentials are usually included.
Author is usually a staff writer or journalist. The author’s name is often not provided.
|Content||Research, analysis, scholarship. Often includes abstract, research, methods, conclusion, and a bibliography. Sources are always cited in the form of footnotes or bibliographies.||Entertainment, opinion, current topics, quick facts. Rarely, if ever, cite sources.|
|Credibility||Research articles must be reviewed by a panel of experts within the field before they are published.||Articles are generally evaluated by staff editors rather than experts within the field.|
|Length||Longer articles providing in depth analysis of topics.||Articles are usually short (1-4 pages) and provide a broad overview of the topic.|
|Look||Serious looking. May contain charts and graphs yet will rarely contain advertisements.||Glossy, color pictures, advertisements.|
|Purpose||Purpose is to report on original research to make the information available to the scholarly/scientific community.||Purpose is to inform the general reader, entertain, promote a viewpoint, and/or sell products.|