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EUREKA!: Mellon College of Science First-Year Experience: Scholarly vs. Non-Scholarly

The EUREKA! course guide for 2020

Scholarly Resources

Scholarly resources provide:

 

information that has been written/reviewed by experts in the field.
 
scholarly analysis, description or evaluation of events and ideas.

 

primary sources of information about the views of a scholarly community.

 

Non-Scholarly Resources

Non-scholarly or popular resources provide:

 

general information and commentary about political, economic and cultural events.

primary information about culture and society.

current statistical information of general interest.
 
popular opinions and beliefs.

 

Comparison of Scholarly vs. Non-Scholarly

 

Scholarly

Non-scholarly or popular

Appearance

Text in a pattern
Serious appearance

Exciting pictures, Advertisements,

Audience

Scholars, students/researcher

General public

Authors

Scholars, professional, and expert practitioners

Journalists, professional and amateur writers

Content

In-depth analysis or extensive overview of a topic, technical vocabulary

Simple discussions of news, entertainment or other popular subjects

Review Process

Works published after review by credible scholars in the discipline (peer review)

Works reviewed by publications editors or purchased

Scholarly Apparatus

Many citations in a format

Few or no citations
Simple Language

Examples

ACS Nano, Journal of the American Chemical Society,

Nature

Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Gardening for Dummies