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AAS 115: Types of Articles

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Your professor wants to make sure you understand how to distinguish between different types of articles for your research. Specifically, she wants you to be able to find and use research based (sometimes also referred to as scholarly, academic, or peer reviewed) articles.

In class assignment: Look at the following three articles and decide if they are research articles or journalistc (ie magazine/newspaper articles). Be prepared to discuss the reasoning behind your decisions.

Article 1 (link to PDF full text on left side of page)

Article 2

Article 3 (link to PDF full text on left side of page)

You can also use Ulrich's to determine if a journal title is peer reviewed. Watch the following video to see how to do this.


Popular Magazines and Newspapers

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  • Authors are magazine staff members or free lance writers.
  • Authors often mention sources, but rarely formally cite them in bibliographies.
  • Individual issues contain numerous advertisements.
  • There is no peer-review process.
  • Articles are meant to inform and entertain.
  • Illustrations may be numerous and colorful.
  • Language is geared to the general adult audience (no specialized knowledge of jargon needed).

Scholarly Journals (Peer-reviewed/Referreed)

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  • Authors are authorities in their fields.
  • Authors cite their sources in endnotes, footnotes, or bibliographies.
  • Individual issues have little or no advertising.
  • Articles must go through a peer-review or refereed process.
  • Articles are usually reports on scholarly research.
  • Illustrations usually take the form of charts and graphs.
  • Articles use jargon of the discipline.