Scholarly resources and popular resources can be utilized at the Ashford University Library through the many databases it is electronically connected to. The three most popular databases utilized at the library are EBSCO, JSTOR and WORLDCAT. EBSCO is one of the most popular databases used to locate books and journals. JSTOR is another database that provides information about journals written by scholars about science, social science and humanities. WORLDCAT is a database connected to local libraries that allows for easier location of books or periodicals not available in the University library. It is important that the differences between scholarly and popular sources is recognized and noted for research purposes.
The most obvious difference between scholarly and popular resources is the audiences they are written for. Scholarly resources are usually not written with the average person in mind. They are written to more for other scholars and researchers. They are supported by other scholars reviewing them, citations and references that can be verified. Popular resources are easier for the average person to understand and are quite often written by journalists and/or professional writers. Many times these writings are written in an opinionated format and not recommended for use in research.
Other differences that can assist recognizing scholarly or popular resources include appearance and frequency of publication. Popular resources are published monthly or more often and contain many advertisements. Scholarly resources may be published monthly or less often and contain very few photographs. The publisher is also an indication of whether or not the resource is scholarly or popular. If the resource is published by a professional association or academic press it is most likely scholarly. Popular resources are most often published by media conglomerate or commercial publishers.
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