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Nutrition & Dietetics - Graduate Students

A guide to tools and resources on the topic of Nutrition.

What do I need to know about scholarly research?

 

Scholarly 

 

Popular

 

Trade

Written by

Authorities in the field, such as professors or researchers. Often an article has several authors.

 

Journalists, staff writers, or freelance writers. Usually an article has only one author. Sometimes no author is listed.

 

Specialists in the field. Usually an article has only one author. Sometimes no author is listed.

Written for

Other authorities and scholars in the field. Authors expect readers to understand specialized language. The tone of the writing is formal.

 

A general audience. Often written to entertain as well as to inform. Authors explain terms the reader might not be familiar with. The tone is usually informal.

 

People who work in the field. Written to offer practical information, news, etc. Authors expect readers to understand specialized language.

Sources cited

Sources are cited in a formal style in endnotes, footnotes, or bibliographies.

 

Sources may be mentioned, but are unlikely to be cited formally.

 

Sources may be mentioned, but are unlikely to be cited formally.

Appearance

Usually has formal, labeled sections for the abstract, conclusions, bibliography, etc. If there are any images, they are probably charts, graphs, or tables.

 

No abstract or other formal sections. Images are large and colorful in a PDF file; in an HTML version, there will be placeholders like [color photo].

 

Unlikely to have formal sections. Images are usually intended to illustrate concepts rather than decorate the page.

Peer review

Yes

 

No

 

No

If this information is not available, you can look up almost any publication in Ulrich's International Periodical, see link below.

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