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Art History - Greensburg Campus

This guide will assist you in your research for Dr. McAlister's Art History courses. It will also provide you with links to helpful sites and people.

Scholarly Journals vs. Popular Magazines

  Scholarly Journals Popular Magazines
Author Who is the author? What are her/his credentials? What else has the author written? Is the author's name cited by other writers on the subject? If so, it means the author is considered a reliable scholar in the field. Even though this issue of Time features Frank Lloyd Wright, it is not a scholarly resource. Authors are journalists or freelancers. Often the articles are not signed by an author.

Intended Audience

Students/Researchers, academics in the field.


Bibliography or Documentation

The material must include footnotes and a bibliography that allow a reader to check resources for additional information. This includes websites.

References are not included or, if included, are very brief.

Scholarly journal topics focus on a certain field of study that can often be very specific. Scholarly articles tend to be longer in length.

Popular magazine content varies widely and tends to be more general in nature. Popular articles tend to be shorter in length.

Monthly,Quarterly, Biennial, or Annual.  Is the published material up-to-date? Current publications will include the latest research on the subject.  For the Web, when was it last updated? Avoid using material that is not dated.

Weekly or Monthly.

For books: a university press is recommended (Yale University Press, Oxford University Press, etc.). One can also rely on commercial publishers with a strong reputation in art history (i.e., Ashgate, Routledge, Brill, Harvey Miller, etc.). For journals: publications by professional associations, societies and some commercial publishers.

Commercial publishers often publish magazines on several topics.

This was adapted from a chart created by Ray Anne Lockard.