Scholarly Sources: What's the Difference?

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What's in them?

Who writes them?

Who reads them?

What do they look like?

What are their advantages?

What are their disadvantages?

Scholarly

Articles often use technical jargon and can be difficult for non-specialists to read

Scholarly journals are expensive and may not be as readily available

Research and review process take time; not as useful for current events or popular culture

Popular

Articles are selected by editors who may know very little about a topic

Authors usually do not cite sources

Published to make a profit; the line between informing and selling may be blurred

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