There are three different types of articles that often appear in the databases: Scholarly, Popular, and Trade. How do you know which one you are looking at? Use the table to help you!
|General public/average reader||Practice-based advice for professionals working a specific field||Focused on researchers and professional|
|Shorter length||Short or medium length articles||Long, in-depth articles|
|Few or no citations||May contain some citations or further readings||Extensive bibliographies|
|Issued weekly or monthly||Issued weekly, monthly, or quarterly||Issued quarterly or monthly|
|Author may not be listed or is probably not an expert||Articles are written by practitioners working in the field; credentials may be listed||Articles written by specialists with credentials listed|
|Very visual (includes photos and advertisements)||Generally contain photos pertaining to the field or the article; may contain some advertisements||Text-dense, little color, charts/tables, no or few advertisements|
|Reviewed by the publisher or editor||Reviewed by the publisher or editor||Reviewed by independent editorial board|
Need a quick way to determine if an article is peer-reviewed or not? Use this checklist:
Is the source written by a researcher or academic?
Is the source published in a scholarly publication (journal or book)?
Does the source have an extensive bibliography?
|Is the source approximately 6 pages or more?|