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ENG 101: English Composition I - Tangvik

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Popular Literature vs. Scholarly Peer-Reviewed Literature: What's the Difference?


Academic: To communicate research and scholarly ideas
Popular: To inform and entertain the general reader


Academic: Scholars and students
Popular: The general public


Academic: Very narrow and specific subjects
Popular: Broad variety of public interest topics, cross disciplinary


Academic: Scholars, researchers, experts, usually listed with their institutional affiliation
Popular: Employees of the publication, freelancers (including journalists and scholars)



  • Little or no background information given
  • Technical language and discipline-specific jargon
  • Peer reviewed
  • Bibliography/References/Citations included
  • Procedures and materials often described in detail
  • Articles are longer, often over 5 pages


  • Little technical language or jargon
  • Few or no cited references
  • No bibliography
  • General summaries of background information
  • Contain numerous advertisements
  • Articles are usually brief; between 1-7 pages.


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