Gathering information resources for research papers or projects includes not only books or book chapters, it also includes journal articles. To start working on a paper or project using journal articles you need to know how to evaluate journal articles. One way of evaluation is to determine whether it is scholarly or popular. Although popular sources may also contain well-considered articles, the purpose of distinguishing between popular and scholarly sources is to determine the degree of authority, depth of the research topic and the academic value.
They are also called; Academic, peer reviewed, or refereed journals.
They contain articles that have undergone a review process by selected experts in the field before being accepted for publishing.
They are written and edited by professors and researchers.
They have plain covers.
Articles include specific sections such as: Abstract, literature review, methodology, findings, and conclusion.
Published monthly or quarterly.
Are meant to entertain and give general information.
Usually bright, colorful and with lots of advertising.
Articles are short to medium length.
Authors are magazine staff members or free-lance writers.
No peer review process.
Published weekly or monthly.