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HIS 150 The Meaning of History: Comparing Popular vs. Scholarly Journals & Websites

Popular vs. Scholarly Journals and Websites - A Comparison

Popular vs. Scholarly Journals and Websites

 

Popular

Scholarly

AUDIENCE

General readers.

Professors, researchers, scholars, students.

APPEARANCE

Colorful, eye-catching, lively, slick.

Attractive, but also serious.

ADVERTISEMENTS

Many; banner ads that change on a regular basis.

Few, if any.

PRODUCER

Commercial and non-profit organizations; personal home pages.

Educational institutions, faculty pages, professional associations, some commercial and non-profit organizations.

AUTHOR

Staff writers, journalists, usually not experts in the field.

Experts in the field, professionals, credentials provided.

CONTENT & FOCUS

News oriented, entertaining,non-technical, opinions.

Original research, subject specific.

LANGUAGE, STYLE

Easy to read, engaging.

Formal language, prior knowledge of subject matter required.

LENGTH

Usually short to medium in length, providing broad overview.

Usually quite lengthy in order to provide in-depth analysis on topic. 

ILLUSTRATIONS

Heavily illustrated, eye-catching.

Few illustrations. Include appropriate research-oriented tables, charts, and graphs.

DOCUMENTATION

Very few, if any

Bibliographies, footnotes

TIMELINESS

Up-to-date

Timeliness is not as important

WORDS IN TITLE

No specific words included or excluded, may be cutesy or contain slang

Language of the discipline is usually used; “study” or “research” will often be included in the title.