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BIOL 101 - Central Indiana: Scientific or Lay

This libguide will help students with their scholarly Vs. lay article assignment.

Video

Academic = Scientific 

Popular Magazine = Lay

Thank you to the librarians at Grossmont College for this video

Scientific, Professional, or Lay

 

Scientific Literature

Professional Literature

Lay Literature

Alternative Description

Scholarly journals,

Peer reviewed journals

 

Trade publications, government reports

Popular magazines

Example

Content

Research projects, methodology, and theory

 

Summarizes ongoing information  about research field

 

News, opinions, and general interest articles

 

Author

Expert or specialist in the field

 

Expert or specialist in the field

 

Journalist, staff, or freelance writer

 

Purpose

Report research, advance knowledge

 

Provide general information about advances in field

 

Inform, persuade, or entertain

 

Editors

Board of experts in the field (refereed, peer reviewed)

 

General editors on staff

 

General editors on staff

 

Design/Layout

Plain, articles have methods, results, & discussion sections

 

Plain, articles have general layout

 

Glossy, eye-catching, articles have general layout

 

Advertisements

Few or none

 

Few or none

 

Heavy

 

Article Length

Longer

Longer

Shorter

Bibliography

Yes – always cite sources

 

Maybe

No- rarely cite sources