When reading articles, ask yourself the following questions to help you assess what type of publication you are reading:
When using article databases, you will typically locate articles that come from a wide range of types of publications. The type of information presented and how you will use it will vary according to the type of publication.
Sometimes it can be challenging to decide exactly which category a title falls into. You may find it useful to think of the various types of publications as all having a place along a continuum, from popular to scholarly.
Each of these publications has a place in doing research. For example, you might consult a popular publication to see for yourself how the popular media covers a certain topic (for example, "How is Japanese youth culture today different than 20 years ago?"). You would then use a scholarly publication to see how scholars have conducted research on this same topic and what conclusions their research has led them to.