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Public Health: General Guide

Resources covering a range of topics for public health related interests.

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article

image of a scholarly article
Interactive tutorial from NCSU Libraries

Are you sure?

Want to be absolutely sure your article is considered scholarly or peer reviewed.

Use this resource to get all information about the publication.

Look for:

• Refereed: Yes 
• Content Type: Academic/Scholarly 

Scholarly, Popular, Trade? What's in a name?

Different types of publications have different purposes and different audiences. When we talk about journals, we can usually divide these publications into three broad categories: scholarly, popular, and trade publications.
Journal Type
  Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed Journals Popular Journals (Magazines) Trade Journals
Purpose Informs and reports on original research done by scholars and experts in the field. Sometimes also called "Peer-reviewed" journals/articles Entertains and informs a general audience without providing in-depth analysis. Reports on industry trends and new products or techniques useful to people in a trade or business.
 Authors Articles are written by subject specialists and experts in the field. Articles are written by journalists,freelance writers, or an editorial staff. Articles are written by specialists in a certain field or industry.
 Audience  Intended for a limited audience - researchers, scholars, and experts. Intended for a broad segment of the population, appealing to non-specialists. Intended for practitioners in a particular profession, business, or industry.