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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).






  • Articles are written to inform or to entertain


  • Academic or scientific research articles and information




  • 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



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




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




  • Non-technical language
  • Technical, specialized terminology




  • 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



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




  • 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




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