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Psychology: Articles

Identifying scholarly and popular publications

A scholarly journal

  Cover of New Journal of Botany featuring a map of Britian and Ireland and picture of different types of flowersScholarly articles are written by experts in the field and, additionally, reviewed by a panel experts in the field. They tend to include a lot of research and data, and the information in the article is backed up by a list of references. Journals are published quarterly or bi-annually.

A popular magazine

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. Popular publications are published daily, weekly and monthly.


For more detailed information on what a scholarly article looks like, see the tutorial Anatomy of a Scholarly Article.

Scholarly vs. popular sources

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection Database

Psychology (Gale OneFile)

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