What is a Scholarly Article?
Scholarly articles are written by experts in the field and, additionally, reviewed by a panel experts in the field. They include a lot of research and data, and the information in the article is backed up by a list of references. They are published in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals.
|Popular articles are often written by journalists for a general audience and are not reviewed by experts in the field. Popular articles rarely include references|
Anatomy of a Scholarly Article
KNOW YOUR SOURCES
Sara Seeley, Portland Community College
WIKIPEDIA: PROS & CONS
|Worlds largest encyclopedia with millions of entries on obscure topics||Articles are not edited or peer-reviewed|
|Great place to start & identify keywords||
Many instructors will not allow Wikipedia citations because they are not not edited or reviewed
|Updated regularly, sometimes by the second||Articles get vandalized for ideological reasons or just for fun|
|Can include excellent references & external links||Can be skewed or biased -- based on authors interests, beliefs, opinions|
|Anyone can edit Wikipedia -- the people's encyclopedia!||Anyone can edit Wikipedia -- no one checks their credentials or agendas|