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ARTH 347 - Great Masters' Materials and Techniques - Mason: Evaluate Sources

Research tips and resources for Dr. Mason's class - Savannah - Summer 2020

Popular, Trade and Scholarly Video

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Click the link below to watch a short video on identifying different kinds of sources.

Differences Between Trade and Scholarly Publications

Pros and Cons of Academic Research Sources

Types of Publications

 

Popular

Trade/
Professional

Scholarly /
Peer Reviewed

Examples

Sports Illustrated, People, Newsweek

Advertising Age, Women's Wear Daily


Animation Journal, American Art Journal, Burlington

Publisher

commercial firm

 private firm, professional association

 academic press, university (yale, princeton), museum

Audience

general readers

 more specific ; creators, designers

 Researchers, serious audience

Style

colorful, illustrated

 artsy, colorful :-)

 Text-based, textbook style, maps + charts

Articles

short, nontechnical
with photos and graphics

 For specific industries, may be in-depth, current or technical info

 advances a field of study (original findings)

Writing 

informal, journalistic

 informative, may use industry jargon

 extensive essays; bibliography / footnotes; research jargon

Authors

staff writers, freelance writers

 multiple authors; authors are active professionals

 experts/scholars on journal subject (professors, curators, etc)

Ads

business or consumer products

 trade specific ads

 no or very few ads

Frequency

published daily, weekly or monthly

monthly / bimonthly 1-2 times a year, or quarterly