FAQs Popular or Scholarly?


Intended for a general audience with no special knowledge of the subject.

Intended for scholars, professionals and others with specialized knowledge of the subject.
Author Written by a journalist or layperson without significant academic or professional credentials in the field. Written by an acknowledged or recognized expert in the field, such as an academic scholar or prominent professional.
Content Consists of general interest items, hot topics, opinions, current news or events, or introductory or overview information. Consists of research reports, comprehensive and detailed treatments of a specific area of study, or critical reviews.
Style Uses basic language that the average person understands. Uses jargon (terminology specific to the field) that only experts and scholars will fully understand.
Publisher Published by a trade publisher for mass market sales. Published by a scholarly or academic press for a limited interest market such as libraries and specialists in the field.
Purpose Written to inform the public about a topic of interest to everyone. Written to share the results of new research or to inform other experts of a new discovery or theory.

Please note that "Popular" and "Scholarly" classifications are NOT the same as Primary and Secondary!

L. Preston 2/05

Sub Page Navigation Bar

Footer Logo ImageMission Statement

P. O. Box 5005; 305 Henry Street, Ashland VA, 23005-5505
Circulation Desk: (804) 752-7257

This page was last updated on .

Contact Us - Staff Directory Interlibrary Loan Media and Instructional Support Special Collections Visit The Writing Center Library Home Page Find Books, Movies and Music Find Articles and More Reference Quicklinks Resources by Subject Library FAQ Page Library Information Rmc student RMC faculty staff R-MC departments and offices R-MC