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Distinguishing Scholarly from Non-Scholarly Sources: Popular & Sensational Periodicals
Last Updated: Sep 8, 2021 10:28 AM

Popular Periodicals

Popular Periodicals
  • Popular periodicals are published in many formats. They tend to be slick with lots of graphics including photographs, and drawing.
  • These publications rarely cite sources of information. Information frequently is second or third hand.
  • Articles tend to be very short with little depth of content and typically written in simple language.
  • Articles are written by staff members or free­lance writers.
  • The primary purpose of popular periodicals is entertainment, selling products, and/or promotion of a particular viewpoint.


Examples of Popular Periodicals

  • Sports Illustrated
  • Newsweek
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Ebony

Sensational Periodicals

Sensational Periodicals

  • Sensational periodicals often are published in a newspaper format.
  • The language used is simple and often sensational. Gullibility of the reader is assumed.
  • The primary purpose of these periodicals is to increase curiosity typically through headlines designed to astonish.

Examples of Sensational Periodicals

  • Globe
  • National Inquirer
  • Star

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