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This LibGuide describes the CSI Library's resources and services that are relevant for learning and research in Psychology.

Popular versus Trade versus Scholarly Sources

Criteria Popular Publication (Newspaper or Magazine) Trade Publication Scholarly Publication
Content Secondary discussion of someone else's research; may include personal narrative or opiniongeneral information, purpose is to entertain or inform. Current news, trends and products in a specific industry. Written for professionals working in the field or industry. In-depth, original findings written by a researcher.
Advertisements A lot A lot None
Authorship Author is usually a paid journalist Author is usually a paid journalist with subject expertise. Author is usually a scholar or specialist with subject expertise. Author is not paid.
Audience General public; the interested non-specialist. Professionals in the field; the interested non-specialist. Scholars, researchers, and students.
Languages Vocabulary in general usage; easily understandable to most readers. Specialized terminology or jargon of the field, but not as technical as a scholarly journal. Specialized terminology or jargon of the field; requires expertise in subject area.
Images Many glossy advertisements and photographs. Photographs; some graphics and charts; advertisements targeted to professionals in the field. No images, but mostly graphs, charts, and tables
Review Articles are evaluated by editorial staff, not experts in the field; edited for format and style. Articles are evaluated by editorial staff who may be experts in the field, not peer-reviewed*; edited for format and style. Articles are evaluated by peer-reviewers* or referees who are experts in the field; edited for content, format, and style.
References No references. Not research driven Few references, but sometimes none. Quotes and facts are verifiable with references.  Articles are research driven.
Page length 1-3 pages 3-5 pages 10-20 pages