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Biochemistry

A guide to assist MCC chemistry students in finding quality resources and encourage scholarly scientific research.

Is it Popular or Scholarly?

Use this table to help determine if your resources are popular (magazines) or scholarly (journals).

 

 

Popular

Scholarly

Purpose:

  • Articles are written to inform or to entertain

 

  • Academic or scientific research articles and information

 

 

Content:

  • Covers broad subjects and topics of general interest
  • Scholarly articles which usually focus on original research in a specific subject field or discipline

 

 

Intended Audience:

  •  Appeal to broad, general readership
  •  Specialized readership; specialists; scholars and professionals in subject field

 

Authors:

  • Magazine staff or freelance writers
  • Experts, scholars, professionals in subject field

 

 

Layout:

  • Most often short articles with illustrations
  • Longer articles, often including tables, graphs, charts

 

 

Style:

  • Non-technical language
  • Technical, specialized terminology

 

 

References:

  • Sources are often not cited or are incomplete
  • Documented research with footnotes and bibliographies

 

 

Review Policy:

  • Reviewed by editor
  • Usually articles are reviewed by a panel of peers; they are often called peer-reviewed or refereed articles

 

Publisher:

  • Published commercially
  • Published by an  association, academic institution or professional organization

 

 

Advertising:

  • Various products and services designed to attract the general consumer
  • Little or no advertising; if present it is usually specific to the field or discipline the journal covers

 

 

Examples:

  • Time
  • Social Work Today
  • Parents Magazine
  • American Spectator
  • Child Development
  • Families in Society
  • Journal of Marriage and Family
  • Journal of Social Issues