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Maple Woods - Scholarly or Popular?

Find out how tell the difference between scholarly and popular sources.

Scholarly Journals

Peer-reviewed (evaluated by other scholars in the same discipline)

In-depth, original research

Can be quite lengthy

Dense text with few or no advertisements

May include graphs, tables, and charts - especially in the sciences and social sciences

Include bibliographies or references; may also include footnotes or endnotes

Usually published quarterly or biannually and available by subscription

May be published by a professional organization 

Examples of Scholarly Journals

Maple Woods Library subscribes to these and other scholarly journals:

American Journal of Education

American Journal of Sociology

JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association

Popular Magazines

Editors determine what is printed

Focus on news, entertainment, general interest

Shorter length

Aimed at the consumer - glossy, colorful, attractive, lots of advertisements

Do not include bibliographies

Issued daily, weekly, or monthly; available at newsstands or by subscription

Usually published by for-profit company

Examples of Popular Magazines

Maple Woods Library subscribes to these and other popular magazines:

American History



Psychology Today

Scientific American


Trade or Professional Publications

Trade or professional periodicals are neither scholarly nor popular. 

They allow practitioners (such as educators or business people) to share information in their field.


Examples of Trade or Professional Publications

Maple Woods Library subscribes to this trade and professional periodical.

Missouri School Music