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The three-minute video below is useful for a general understanding of the difference between scholarly peer-reviewed articles and articles from popular magazines. For recognizing scholarly peer-reviewed articles in the sciences, be especially alert for the following:
Article reports original research findings to the academic community.
Article written by the scholar(s) who has/have done the research.
Will see subheadings like: Abstract, Literature Review, Methodology, Research Results or Findings, Analysis or Discussion, Conclusions.
Sources are always cited, and they are cited at the end of the article.
Scholarly vs. Popular Literature: Video Tutorial by Kealin McCabe