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Research guide to Psychology at Chaffey College.

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What is the Difference Between Scholarly & Popular Articles?

Scholarly/Peer Reviewed Journal Articles vs. Popular Magazine Articles

Journal Articles

  • Scholarly, peer reviewed and carefully fact checked
  • Written by subject specialists, often containing original research
    Scholarly vs. Popular Articles
      Scholarly Articles Popular Articles
    Purpose In-depth and subject specific, often contains original research Provide general information for the public
    Author Scholar or subject specialist, provides credentials Journalist, non-subject specialist paid for content
    Audience Scholars, researchers and students General public
    Language Specialized terminology General vocabulary
    Images Few photos & ads More photos & ads
    Accountability Peer-reviewed and fact checked by experts in the field Reviewed by editorial staff (not subject specialists)
    References Required Generally not listed
    Examples Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Nursing Ethics, Engineering Studies Time, Newsweek, Vanity Fair


How To Read a Scientific Article in Less Than 15 Minutes

@scholarly_san save for later✨read caption for additional tips👇 If you want to read journal articles efficiently then make sure to follow this process👇 Step 1️⃣read the title and abstract to get a broad overview of what the paper is about ✨Also, here you should look out for keywords and scope the methods used and the key results reported. AND if after reading the abstract you’re unsure about the relevance to your research/purpose, then move on. Step 2️⃣ Go through the first and last paragraphs of the Intro ✨Doing this will help you understand the author's justification/motivation for the study, and the aims, gaps, and research questions addressed. This will also help you get a feel for the direction that the paper will be going in. Step 3️⃣: Skip to the discussion and again only read the first and last paragraphs ✨Sometimes the discussion and conclusion are written as the same section, other times, the conclusion will be a separate section. The main thing here is that you look out for a summary of the most important findings, and the limitations and future research recommendations. Especially useful when you’re trying to find research gaps. Step 4️⃣: Briefly note the methods and skim the subheadings of the results section ✨Do this ONLY IF you find that the paper is highly relevant to your research. Looking at figures and tables will also help you get a feel for the overall story that the authors are telling. Step 5️⃣: Check the reference list ✨Really important because it helps you determine what papers you need to read next and to understand the kind of literature that is informing the research done in the paper you’re reading. 🤍Additional Tips🤍 💻Make notes and summarize the paper in your own words, but only AFTER you’re done reading. 💻Do a Cntrl+F search for words like shown, proven, suggest, question, query, argue, challenge to skip to the ‘meaty’ parts of a paper without spending too much time 💻Time yourself: sometimes you need some form of external pressure to keep you on track. It’s super easy to get distracted when you’re reading papers, especially when you fall down rabbit holes. . . . #phd #phdtips #phdadvice #gradschooladvice #gradschooltips ♬ Choking on Flowers - Fox Academy

Scholarly_San [@scholarly_san]. (2024, March 4). If you want to read journal articles efficiently then make sure to follow this process👇 [Video]. TikTok.

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Scholarly & Popular Sources Video

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