Religious Periodicals: Scholarly or Popular?
Articles from journals and magazines are important sources of current information. You will need a mix of sources for your site reports. Remember that both types offer valuable information.
- popular magazines and scholarly journals
- print (books and journals) and electronic (websites of reputable organizations)
- have a serious "look" with charts, graphs, few glossy pictures--black and white
- written by an established expert, scholar, or researcher in the field whose credentials and institutional affiliation are listed
- reviewed by a panel of experts (peers)
- use the terminology and language of the specific field
- provides an in depth analysis on a specific subject
- contents usually include an abstract, literature review, methods, results, conclusion, footnotes, and a bibliography
- generally published by a professional organization or scholarly press
As a general guideline, searching in ATLA will retrieve articles that are more scholarly. It is also possible to limit your search to a specific title by selecting the Publications tab in the toolbar.
You may want to look specifically for articles in Biblical Archaeology Review
- often slick and glossy, heavily illustrated with photographs--colorful
- usually shorter articles written by staff or free-lance writers whose credentials may or may not be included
- reviewed by the magazine editor
- usually written in simply language with little depth--no subject expertise assumed
- provides an general overview on a variety of topics
- rarely include footnotes or bibliographies
- published for profit
As a general guideline, limiting a search in Academic Search Complete to Scholarly (peer reviewed) will retrieve articles that are more scholarly.
Examples for your CHR 150 assignments include:
- You can also use Google to find additional information--look for a tab/header "about" the journal. As an example, here's the link for Baptist History & Heritage.
- It is okay to use Wikipedia to identify sources--just don't list it as the source in your bibliography. Follow the links to the actual sources listed and list that source.
- Print periodicals in the Tarver Library are on the first floor arranged alphabetically by title, rather than by call number.
- Electronic journals are found using the Find Electronic Journals link from the .
- Tarver current periodicals are separated on slanted shelves. You need to lift the top shelf in order to get to the other issues shelved underneath.