"Help! My professor wants me to include 5 scholarly resources in my paper. How can I tell what's scholarly and what's not?!"
Have no fear: this quick guide will steer you through. And if you're still in doubt, ask a librarian!
Scholarly vs. Popular Materials Guide
When conducting research it is important to distinguish between journal articles and magazine articles. Journal articles are typically referred to as "scholarly," while magazine articles are usually considered "popular". A third category, "trade" magazines or journals, are written for professionals in a particular field but are not strictly research related. Below are additional criteria to consider when differentiating between journals and magazines.
Acknowledgement: This is adapted from one created by North Carolina State University Libraries. They, in turn, modified a document originally created by librarians at the University of Michigan Shapiro Undergraduate Library.