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ENG 102

Library Homepage

From the library homepage you have access to a series of resources to help locate information for your assignment. For a brief introduction to the library homepage, view the following video.

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

Current Research in Social Psychology

Environmental Research

The Journal of Popular Culture

Value & Uses
  • 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


Journalists Researchers, academics, scholars

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