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Evaluation of Information Sources
Part I, Types of Information Sources

Popular vs. Scholarly:

There are a number of criteria you can use to determine if something is popular or scholarly-

The treatment of the topic, or writing style
Scholarly
  • Tend to deal with very specific topics
  • Long in-depth articles
  • Are usually original research
  • Uses technical language or jargon
Popular
  • Tend to deal with more broad topics
  • Short overview articles
  • Not original research
  • Uses plain everyday language


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