Answered By: Victoria Ganguli
Last Updated: May 15, 2017     Views: 6487

Scholarly vs. Popular

The link above is from our YouTube channel and will provide more information on the differences between scholarly and popular articles.

For our purposes, 'scholarly' and 'peer-reviewed' mean the same thing. Strictly speaking, 'scholarly' means the article was written by an expert for an audience of other experts, researchers and students. 'Peer-reviewed' means the article was reviewed and critiqued by the author's peers, who are experts in the same subject area. The vast majority of scholarly articles are also peer-reviewed, so the terms are used interchangeably.

When you search the MiraCosta Library Databases for a scholarly article, rest assured that if you select 'scholarly' you are getting 'peer-reviewed' articles, and vice versa. Remember that 'academic journals' are the same as 'scholarly journals' too.

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