Evaluating Periodicals - Popular vs. Scholarly
This assignment will highlight the differences between popular vs. scholarly articles. When you find resources for an assignment, are they appropriate for your research? You should always evaluate any information source that you use. The most important skill needed to evaluate periodicals is the ability to distinguish between popular and academic/scholarly journals.
The assignment below will provide criteria to evaluate the following popular and scholarly articles. Print out the following two articles and then proceed to print out the Handout and Assignment in the box below.
(1) Popular: "Relative Happiness" by Amy Rosenberg Psychology Today, Volume 43, Issue 4, July/August, 2010 p. 62-69.
Information Literacy Standard covered:
N.J. Information Literacy Standard - Introductory Skills 3 (c): Distinguishes between scholarly vs. popular sources.