Distinguishing Scholarly from Non-Scholarly Sources: Non­Scholarly Periodicals

Last Updated: Sep 8, 2021 10:28 AM

Non­Scholarly Periodicals

Substantive News or General Interest

  • These may be appealing in appearance. Articles often have numerous photographs.
  • News and general interest periodicals may or may not cite sources used in articles.
  • Articles may be written by a variety of staff members, scholars or freelance writers.
  • The language is geared to interested audiences. No discipline knowledge is assumed.
  • These periodicals are generally produced by commercial publishers.
  • The primary purpose of these periodicals is to provide information to a broad audience
Examples of Substantive News or General Interest Periodicals
  • Economist
  • National
  • Geographic Scientific
  • American Forbes​

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