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Communications & Public Speaking: Popular v. Scholarly Articles

Academic Research

The most reliable articles for (most) academic research are peer-reviewed, scholarly articles.

Credibility of Sources Hierarchy | Charleston Southern University Library

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Scholarly Articles, Peer-Reviewed

Purpose: sharing of research, experiments, and studies
Intended Audience: researchers, academic students, faculty members, and/or college audiences
Publishing: professional associations, university publishing houses or scholarly commercial publishers
Standards: contents are selectively published and information is reviewed by scholars and experts in the field
Language Use: specialized vocabulary; jargon of the field
Article Length: lengthy; average range from 10-40 pages
Appearance:

black text, white paper

Access: The RCC Library has access to thousands of journals and magazines (print and digital). Use the Journals & Newspapers research guide to locate titles of interest.

Popular Articles

Purpose: entertainment, information in a broad sense
Intended Audience: general public audience
Publishing: commercial publishing companies
Standards: may be factual but not scholarly; magazines may publish opinion pieces
Language Use: non-technical; conversational
Length: usually short, 1- 8 pages
Appearance: glossy paper; color photographs; colored, stylized text
Access: Flipster (online) and RCC Library Print Magazine Collection (first floor)
Browse the full collection of magazine titles

Tutorial | Anatomy of a Scholarly Article | NCSU Libraries