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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



Non-scholarly or popular


Text in a pattern
Serious appearance

Exciting pictures, Advertisements,


Scholars, students/researcher

General public


Scholars, professional, and expert practitioners

Journalists, professional and amateur writers


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


ACS Nano, Journal of the American Chemical Society,


Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Gardening for Dummies