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The difference between scholarly and popular resources has to do with the type of information presented and how it is presented. A scholarly source will present information given by a scholar in the topic field and analysis and description of events or ideas in question as well as include citations of sources used during the research process. On the other hand, a popular article will present general information or commentary about current events of a certain culture or society as well as current statistical information and popular opinions and beliefs about a topic. Although not as definitive, the general appearance of the source can also be taken into account. Popular sources usually have advertisements and bright pictures while scholarly sources have a more serious appearance with dense blocks of text. For more information, check out this Penn Libraries site. The site includes a chart that details the differences between scholarly and popular sources in areas like appearance, authors, and content.

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