Primary vs Secondary Sources
Scholarly vs Popular Articles
Academic Journals, Scholarly Journals, Peer-Reviewed
Use the following criteria to determine whether an article is scholarly.
Magazines, Newspapers, Trade Magazines
Use the following criteria to determine whether an article is popular.
|Audience||Scholars, researchers, professors, students||General readers|
|Author||Professionals - experts in the field; credentials are listed in the articles.||Varies, but typically journalists, staff writers, or "guest experts". Articles may not be signed.|
|Content||Original research.||Non-technical, entertainment, news. May report on original research (such as breaking research).|
|Length||Usually pretty lengthy, often over 10 pages long.||Usually short, about 1-5 pages.|
|Citations||Many detailed citations.||No, incomplete, or very few citations.|
|Refereed||Articles go through a peer-reviewed process, where they are critiqued by other experts in the field before publication.||No.|
The ability to critically evaluate information is a vital part of research and information gathering. The attached PDF will show you how to use the CRAAP Test to evaluate the quality of information and sources.