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BIOL 100: What Would Nature Do?

Professor Matt Rand and Dimitri Smirnoff - Fall 2019

Common Traits of Popular and Scholarly Articles

Popular Articles Scholarly Articles
Published in magazines or newspapers (National Geographic, New York Times) Published in scholarly journals (Journal of Applied Microbiology)
Authors are journalists/publication staff Authors are expert researchers affiliated with a research institution (college/university, hospital, etc.)
Written for the general public; avoid dense, technical language Purpose is to communicate research findings to other experts
Do not include a formal bibliography, works cited, or references list Always include a bibliography, works cited, and/or references list
Often include bright, eye-catching photos Often display data in charts and graphs
Evaluated for publication by magazine/newspaper editor Evaluated and recommended for publication by other experts in the peer-review process