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Sociology (2020/21): Finding Scholarly Sources

Looking for Articles using CSU databases

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Scholarly vs NON-Scholarly Sources

Popular Magazines

PeopleThe primary purpose of these periodicals is to produce a profit for the publisher. Examples include Time, Newsweek, and People.

Available for public purchase at stores and newsstands

  • As a whole, are designed to persuade, to entertain, and to sell advertised products
  • The articles are short and are written to entertain the general public, not necessarily to inform
  • Articles may also consist of brief summaries of research done by others
  • Articles are seldom footnoted, and the source for the information is rarely provided
  • Articles are usually written by freelance writers or members of the magazine's staff
  • Articles often are illustrated with color graphics and photographs
  • Advertisements are aimed at the general public

Scholarly Journals

The primary purpose of scholarly journals is to inform and to report on original research or experimentation. 

  • Usually published by a scholarly professional association or university
  • Editors are usually scholars in the field with established reputations. Before the editors accept an article for publication, it is first reviewed by scholars or researchers in the field
  • Illustrations, if any, are usually graphs or charts, with few color graphics or photographs
  • Articles are lengthy and extensively documented, with all references provided in footnotes or end notes
  • Authors have conducted research in the field and are usually affiliated with a university or research center; authors' credentials are usually listed at the beginning or at the end of the articles
  • Authors write in the language of their discipline
  • Readers, usually other scholars or college students, are assumed to have some knowledge of the field and to be familiar with the jargon
  • Articles are usually preceded by abstracts (summaries)
  • Scholarly journals contain few, if any, advertisements

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