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Mathematics and Statistics: Finding Scholarly Sources

General research tools, databases, books, and tips for patrons seeking info in mathematics and statistics.

Scholarly Journal Articles Compared to Magazines

Use the chart below to help you distinguish between scholarly journal articles and popular magazines.





Includes notes and/or bibliography

Few references or no bibliography


Written for experts, shows research

Written for average reader


Usually more than 5 pages

Often less than 5 pages


Few or none; if any, advertising books and other "scholarly" items

Many, often in color


Mostly text and charts

Glossy, many pictures often in color


Usually only available through a library (often via a library's website)

Title can be found at newsstand or through a bookstore


New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Modern History 

Newsweek, Maxim, Time, Good Housekeeping

See also our Differences Between Scholarly Journals & Popular Magazines guide (PDF format).

Identifying Scholarly Information Module

This video examines scholarly information and its importance for college-level assignments. The module defines peer‑reviewed information and provides tips to differentiate scholarly journal articles from popular magazines and newspapers.  

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