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POGO 3410: American Foreign Policy

Finding Articles

Recommended Databases

Popular or Scholarly?

Use the following criteria to decide if a publication is popular or scholarly.


Scholarly journal articles are generally:


  • written by experts in the field for an informed reader
  • followed by a bibliography
  • longer than articles in a popular magazine.
  • include the credentials of the author (s)

Popular magazine articles are often:                                                          

  • written by staff reporters
  • shorter in length
  • aimed at the general public
  • published more frequently (weekly or monthly)
  • Example: Christianity Today