Explain at least five differences between popular and scholarly sources used in research.

Explain at least five differences between popular and scholarly sources used in research.

Erin Morotti

TuesdayJun 19 at 11:17pm

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Explain at least five differences between popular and scholarly sources used in research.

Popular Sources Both Scholarly Sources
Come from Magazines and Newspapers Magazines and newspapers have several similarities to scholarly journals such as how often they are published Come from scholarly journals and books
Covers topics intended to entertain the public Covers topics intended to educate the public
Written by journalists Written Written by students and faculty or experts in the field
Edited by editorial staff before publication Both articles are usually edited Peer reviewed before publication
Usually these articles do not have a bibliography or a reference list Required bibliography or a reference list
Includes photographs, illustrations, or advertisements Both articles may include photographs or illustrations Does not include extras unless intended to help illustrate a point

(Cendejas, 2015)

Locate and summarize one peer-reviewed, scholarly source from the Ashford University Library and one popular source that pertain to your Final Paper topic. In your summary of each article, comment on the following:

Scholarly Article: Achieving Gender Balance on British Boards with the Soft-Law Approach: Directors‘ Perspective.

At the organization that employs me, a board of directors conduct our 501(c)(3) like a beautiful symphony. One of the reasons they are so successful is that they are 55% female and 45% male, numbers unheard of in the business world. Authors Goyal and Kakabadse illustrate in their scholarly article, Achieving Gender Balance on British Boards with the Soft-Law Approach: Director’s Perspective, “…there is an increasing demand for more intrusive statutory action if the current approach fails to achieve gender parity, soon enough” (Goyal, Kakabadse,& Kakabadse, 2018). In this article, only a slight bias is identified to include statements such as, “The findings are presented in two categories: causes and solutions of gender homogeneity on British boards” (Goyal, et al, 2018). To eliminate this bias, the authors could have considered the reasons in favor of homogeneity as well. The reliability of this article can be seen in their choice of references to include, several scholarly journals mixed with law and government sources. In my humble opinion this is a strong article written using methodical data collected and analyzed for our entertainment. The only limitations I can judge on include that this article is written primarily for the UK, and other countries might gain benefit from having been included.

Popular Article: These 7 graphs lay bare Google’s diversity problem

The UK is not alone in their lack of board equality. Right here in the USA, Google is fighting the good fight of diversity. While at first glance, we see improvement, a second look reveals that the so-called improvement is almost microscopic and downright embarrassing. The article highlights Google’s recently published diversity report for 2018, specifically the gender inequality and the lack of race and ethnic diversity. For example, the report states that, “…women of all ethnicities were less represented in Google’s workforce than men of the same ethnicity” (Hamilton, 2018). As like most popular articles, their bias is clear: Google has failed as a business leader. The article uses several charts and graphs taken from report (but not cited appropriately) which leads me to question the reliability of the information provided. However, this article, while extremely short, provided just enough ammo one might need to condemn Google for their unethical hiring and retention practices. The limitations are that this article is only about Google, which makes me question: what about the rest of the business leaders out there struggling with homogeneity as well?

From the sources you summarized, list and explain at least five visual cues from the peer-reviewed, scholarly source that were not evident in the popular source.

The biggest visual cue that jumped out to me when comparing the scholarly source to the popular source was the like of citations within the popular source. The annual report was linked to the words that it quoted, but no clear reference was provided. Another visual cue I noticed was the lack of references provided in the popular source, 49 to 1 to be exact. Next, I noticed that the length of the popular source was drastically lower compared to the scholarly source, 5718 words to 737 words to be precise. Furthermore, I noticed that the popular source was full of pictures and advertisements while the scholarly source strictly business. Lastly, the scholarly source was written in an organized and scientific approach while the popular article was flashy and argument driven.


Cendejas, M. (2015). Scholarly and popular sources. Retrieved June 19, 2018, from https://ashford.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/Scholarly+and+Popular+Resources%281%29/0_ue1ih9qt

Goyal, R., Kakabadse, N., & Kakabadse, A. (May 2018). Achieving Gender Balance on British Boards with the Soft-Law Approach: Directors’ Perspective. Journal of Business Diversity,18(1), 29-39. Retrieved June 19, 2018.

Hamilton, I. A. (2018, June 18). These 7 graphs lay bare Google’s diversity problem. Retrieved June 19, 2018, from http://www.businessinsider.com/google-diversity-problem-in-7-graphs-2018-6 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

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