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Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals

Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals

A video presentation on how to distinguish between scholarly and popular journals and magazines.  The author acknowledges that Melinda Brown, Sharon Weiner, Patricia Armstrong and Leslie Foutch, all part of the Heard Library at Vanderbilt, provided editorial support for this tutorial.

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Rebecca Neel
Rebecca Neel (Librarian)
17 weeks ago
This is a very clear and concise introduction to the difference between scholarly and popular articles - with a much appreciated pit stop in the land of trade journals. I would consider using it as a "watch before class" resource for a f2f library instruction one-shot. This way, the instructor can expand upon more complex nuances of research and scholarly publication in class. My only hesitance in using this resource would be the lack of closed captioning.
Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes
Mark Herring
Mark Herring (Administrator)
41 weeks ago

It's no wonder this material has been awarded the Merlot Classic designation.  The material is excellent and clearly presented.  The topic is a timely one for the audience for which it is intended, and the quality of production first-rate.  The animation is hardly staid and should be appealing to the college-aged.  Figures in the tutorial do not simply present a statuesque appearance, but interact ever so slightly with the voice- over.  The voice-over itself is resonant and easily understandable, the diction precise, and the intonation appropriately emphasized.  Users of this materal should not only find it engaging but also humorous.  While the examples are to the point, the are also cleverly self-mocking of the sometimes ponderousness of academe.

Mary Kaye Hooker
Mary Kaye Hooker (Librarian)
6 years ago

Well written and illustrated presentation on the differences between scholarly and popular serials.  It is short enought to keep the attention of students while opening up opportunities to explain more about the gray areas mentioned.

Time spent reviewing site: 5 min
Staci Wilson
Staci Wilson (Librarian)
7 years ago

This is a nice, easy to follow video.  The length of the video is appropriate.  It does an excellent job of reviewing key points to consider when reviewing popular vs. scholarly materials.  This is an effective resource to use when working with students.

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Easy to use.  No technical difficulties encountered.  Close captioning for ADA compliance would make this tutorial outstanding.

Time spent reviewing site: 20
Samantha Harding
Samantha Harding (Faculty)
7 years ago

Good discussion of source material, could be strengthened by consideration of commercial and educational sites, which are not peer reviewed, but many students will feel should be authoritative.  However, this would make excellent material to provide the basis of a seminar to promote discussion and understanding of scholarly work.

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Very easy to use

Dorinne Banks
Dorinne Banks (Librarian)
7 years ago

Topic (Magazine vs. Journal) was explained in a succinct and easy to understand manner.  High school students would greatly benefit.

Time spent reviewing site: 10 min.
Amanda Dinscore
Amanda Dinscore (Faculty)
8 years ago
I use video in most of the library instruction classes that I do. I have found it to be very effective and engaging for students. It is very short and helps to break up the class time. I also try to bring actual print periodicals to pass around to enforce the video. Highly recommended!
Used in course? Yes
Corinne Bishop
Corinne Bishop (Librarian)
8 years ago
Nice video that uses simply, engaging graphics. The content covers key issues students should know about popular versus scholarly sources.

Technical Remarks:

The video displayed without problems. One consideration is that captioning would make content available to students with hearing impairments.
Time spent reviewing site: 10 minutes
Corinne Bishop
Corinne Bishop (Librarian)
8 years ago
Nice video that uses simply, engaging graphics. The content covers key issues students should know about popular versus scholarly sources.

Technical Remarks:

The video displayed without problems. One consideration is that captioning would make content available to students with hearing impairments.
Time spent reviewing site: 10 minutes
Sally Robertson
Sally Robertson (Librarian)
10 years ago
Nice video that explains the differences between scholarly journals and popular magazines.
Used in course? Yes