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Roseman University Library - Scholarly vs Popular Resources

There are many different sources of information out there, and it is important to know both the differences between them, and when to use them appropriately. This PowerPoint presentation will help you understand the key differences between scholarly and popular resources.

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Roseman University Library - Scholarly vs Popular Resources

  1. 1. Scholarly vs. Popular Sources University Library
  2. 2. Learning outcomes In this presentation, you’ll learn: • How to define scholarly sources. • Ways to identify scholarly sources. • How to define popular sources. • Ways to identify popular sources.
  3. 3. What does a popular magazine look like? • Many ads • Photographs, illustrations • Broad focus • Examples: o National Geographic o People o Time
  4. 4. What does a scholarly journal look like? • Few ads • Charts and tables • Often a specific focus • Examples: o American Journal of Nursing o Critical Care Nursing o Urologic Nursing
  5. 5. What does a popular article look like? • Easy-to-understand language • Few or no references • Photographs and illustrations
  6. 6. What does a scholarly article look like? • Technical language • Lots of references • Charts and tables
  7. 7. • To entertain • To express an opinion • To inform a broad audience Why are popular articles published?
  8. 8. • To report on research • To review and critique previous research • To contribute to the scholarly conversation Why are scholarly articles published?
  9. 9. When should you use popular articles? • Only use them in an assignment when a professor explicitly says you can. • When you know nothing about a topic, this can be a good place to start. • When you’re reading for entertainment.
  10. 10. When should you use scholarly articles? • To support an argument in a research assignment. • To delve deeper into a topic of interest or research. • To check to see if popular articles are reporting the scholarly article correctly.
  11. 11. Summary • Scholarly and popular sources are both good for different things. • It’s important to know the difference between them so you can include appropriate sources in papers.
  12. 12. Questions? Library staff are here to help you. o Call us  702-968-2040 (Henderson)  801-878-1020 (South Jordan) o Text questions to 801-872-9715 o Ask a question online at