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ENG 102: Yes or No Research Paper

Popular vs. Scholarly Articles


You will be working with different types of articles for this assignment. This chart will give some comparisons between articles found in magazines, newspapers and journals. Magazine and newspapers typically contain popular articles and journals contain scholarly articles. Both types of articles can be located within the library databases. 




Sports Illustrated


Arizona Republic

New York Times

Wall Street Journal

English Today

Rhetoric Society Quarterly

American Literary History




  • Current events and news
  • Brief, factual information
  • Short articles
  • Interviews
  • News stories
  • Current information
  • Local and regional focus
  • Analysis and opinion of current events
  • Reports of original research
  • In-depth analysis of topics
  • Lengthy articles
  • Statistical information
Authors Journalists Journalists Researchers, academics, scholars
Sources Original sources can be obscure Sources are rarely cited in full Footnotes and bibliographies
Publishers Commercial / trade publisher Commercial / trade publisher Professional organizations, universities, research institutes and scholarly presses
  • Many graphics and photos
  • Glossy ads
  • Photos, graphics, charts
  • Many ads
  • Graphs, charts, tables
  • Ads are rare

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