HIST 1000: The Quest in History
Scholarly or Popular?
Use the following criteria to decide if a publication is popular or scholarly.
|Author||Expert in the field, credentials and affilated university listed||Journalist, freelance writer or staff writers|
|Length of article||Longer more detailed content||Shorter articles giving a brief overview|
|Intended audience||Researchers, experts in the field||General Public|
|Layout||Includes an abstract, footnotes, list of citations.||Does not follow a standard format, often a simple title|
|Images||Charts, graphs, tables of data||Colorful, eye catching photos|
|Vocabulary||Specialized terminology, need extensive knowlege of discipline to understand text||Written at the level to be understood by the general public|
Accessing Full Text
If you find an article in a database and there is no option to download a PDF, you will see this "Get a Copy" button instead.
Click on it to find out if the article is available in one of our databases. If it's not available, you will have the option to order a copy via Interlibrary Loan. You will receive an email when the article is available.
Print, Email, and Cite!
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Scholarly vs. Popular
This video explains the difference between scholarly and popular publications.