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College Writing Seminar: Popular Vs. Scholarly


  • Geared toward the public.
  • Contain many photographs, graphics and advertisements.
  • Cover a wide range of topics typically in short articles.
  • Broadly summarize research and current issues.
  • Tend to be issued once a week or month.
  • Often Publich Articles with only minor review of the content.



  • Geared toward scholars, researchers and professionals.
  • Contain few photographs, graphics, and advertisements.
  • Report research, document case studies, and refer to previous scholarly work through bibliographies in long, in depth articles.
  • Sponsored by an academic organization.
  • Tend to be published quarterly or monthly.
  • Only publish articles that have been reviewed by other experts in the field who confirm the quality of the research performed.