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 are usually critically evaluated by experts before they can be published (peer-reviewed)

Footnotes or bibliographies support research and point to further research on a topic

Authors describe methodology and supply data used to support research results

Popular

Written for non-specialists

Timely coverage of popular topics and current events

Provide broad overview of topics

Good source for topics related to popular culture

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