What's the difference between a popular article and a scholarly one? And I keep seeing the terms "scholarly" and "peer-reviewed." Do they mean the same thing?
A popular article is one that is found in a magazine. It has the following characteristics:
Examples of Popular Magazines:
A scholarly article is found in a journal and has the following characteristics:
Examples of Scholarly Journals:
Note: There are some hybrids out there that blur the lines between magazines and scholarly journals. Scientific American and Atlantic Monthly, for example, do not fit well into either category.
The instructor for my course has specified that I use peer-reviewed articles. Does that mean a scholarly article?
Yes, but peer-reviewed articles are a special subset of scholarly articles. Peer review is an editorial process many scholarly journals use to ensure that the articles published in journals are high-quality scholarship. These articles (also called refereed articles) are reviewed by an editor and other specialists before being accepted for publication.
You can filter search results in the CORE Library by "peer-reviewed." This ensures that every article in a search has gone through this special review process.
The instructor has not specified what kinds of information I should use. What do I do?
Both popular and scholarly articles can be good sources for your work. When selecting information, think about how you intend to use the information.
Probably the best thing to do is ask your instructor what s/he requires for the assignment.