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Wiki Sourced to Wicked Good: Open Internet & Library-Supported Information

Background on evaluating open internet resources for academic work and suggestions of library-supported sources for general information-gathering

Scholarly/Professional vs. Popular Journals

Scholarly and Professional

Purpose is to inform and to report on original research or experimentation.

Popular

Aimed for the general public.

 

Articles are written by a scholar or researcher in the field.

Author may or may not be named; articles are written by editorial staff or professional writers.

Always cite their sources. There is usually a summary or abstract at the beginning of the article and the credentials of the author.

Rarely cite sources.

Peer reviewed: articles are reviewed by scholars or researchers before being published.

Not peer reviewed.

Language used is that of the discipline; requires prior knowledge.

Language is geared for a general audience and is understandable for most readers.

Examples: