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Women's Studies Program

The resources on this libguide can be used for a general women's studies class or specific.

Scholary Journals


A scholarly journal contains articles and letters written by scholars to report results of research and other scholarly activities. For most academic papers, scholarly articles are excellent and preferred sources for supporting your arguments.

Some Differences between Scholarly and Popular publications:

(Substantive News or General Interest)
Main purpose: to inform and to report on original research or experimentation Main purpose: to provide information to a well-educated, broad audience
Serious look; may have charts, graphs, few colorful photographs Usually quite attractive in appearance; articles often heavily illustrated, generally with photographs.
Always cite their sources; include extensive documentation to previously published research (footnotes, endnotes, bibliographies works cited, etc.) Usually have summary of the article at the beginning; addresses, credentials of authors usually found on first or last page Sometimes cite sources, though most often do not
Articles are reviewed by scholars or researchers in the field before being published (peer reviewed) No peer review process; editorial team makes all content decisions
Articles written by a scholar or researcher in the field Articles are written by editorial staff, scholar or freelance writer; no peer review process
Language used is that of discipline; assumes reader has some background in the field; often assumes reader has a thorough knowledge of the history and issues of the subject Language geared to any educated audience; no specialty assumed, unfamiliar terms often defined

Examples of Scholarly Journals:

Women's Studies Quarterly

Journal of Women, Politics & Policy

Feminist Studies

Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society

Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies

Feminist Teacher

Sex Roles: A Journal of Research


scholarly journals

scholarly journal

Examples of Popular Journals:

Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women's Studies Resources


National Geographic

Off Our Backs

Psychology Today

Scientific American


Popular Magazines

  • Often slick and attractive with lots of photographs and drawings
  • Rarely, if ever, cite sources
  • Articles are usually short, written in simple language, and designed to meet a minimal education level
  • Main purpose: to entertain the reader, sell products (their own or their advertisers) and/or to promote a viewpoint

Examples of Popular Magazines:

  • Bitch
  • InStyle
  • People Weekly
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Ms.

popular magazines