Sample Essay on Difference between Scholar and Periodical Journals

  • What is a scholarly article?

Scholarly articles are articles that have been written by experts and reviewed by other experts hence they are referred to as peer-reviewed scholarly articles.

  • Why are scholarly articles important?

They are important since they are considered authoritative.

  • What is a difference between scholarly journals and popular journals?

Scholar journals are journals that have been written by experts while popular journals are publications that are published regularly.

  • Are newspapers scholarly or popular?

Newspapers are considered popular since they are published regularly, that is, on a daily basis or weekly basis. They are also not peer-reviewed by experts while the ideas in the newspapers rarely take the formal format associated with scholarly articles.

  • What are four things you should look for in an on-line scholarly article?
  1. Credentials of the author such as PhD.
  2. An abstract which summarizes the main points in the article.
  3. A short biography which establishes the author’s involvement with the subject.
  4. Footnotes or bibliography at the end of the journal which lists the sources of information, that is, references that have been used by the author. This allows the reader to consult and verify the material that has been used by the author.


  • What are two traits of scholarly articles?
  1. They contain specialized vocabulary to show that the author has indepth and extensive knowledge of the subject.
  2. They are normally much longer compared to the scholarly articles.
  • What are trade/professional publications?

Trade or Professional publications are publications that are written for a specific audience, that is, business, finance, management and logistics just to mention a few. The articles may be written by an expert or journalist.

The topic of the rise of women in our society will be discussed here. Over the years women have broken and traversed the societal barriers that prevented from making major strides in various fields. Today, a significant number of women have enrolled in educational institutions and believed they are equal in society with their counterparts, men. There are three scholarly articles that have been chosen to give an in depth knowledge into this topic.

Gilmer, Penny J., Garnett S. Stokes, and Karen A. Holbrook.”Developing academic
women leaders in STEM.”Alliances for Advancing Academic Women. SensePublishers, 2014.165-190.

This paper aims to discuss the importance of grants play a key role in increasing the enrolment of women and catapulting them to leadership roles in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The key focus will be on the grant, Alliance for the Advancement of Florida’s Academic Women in Chemistry and Engineering (AAFAWCE, 2013).

Mann, Allison, and Thomas A. Diprete.”Trends in gender segregation in the choice of science and engineering majors.”Social science research 42.6 (2013): 1519-1541.

This paper aims to discuss reasons for the high levels of segregation along gender lines in the field of STEM. Research that has been published to date does not identify the actual gap. This paper will analyse career aspirations based on gender, patterns that may influence one to enrol in a particular course and the pathways that determine whether a person can pursue either medicine or law in the institutions of higher education.

Pearce, Christie E. “Perfect Timing: The Rise of Women’s Political Leadership during Cultural Shifts.” Oglethorpe Journal of Undergraduate Research 3.1 (2014): 6.


America has fallen behind in women’s leadership, especially in politics. In the approaching era, there will be more viable female political candidates than ever in the past, but will the public be prepared to elect a woman to high office? Studies suggest that mentalities toward female leadership have taken a shift in a positive direction. The idea of what an ‘ideal’ politician must offer is more feminine in the modern era than ever before. In the age of social media, female politicians have opportunities to reach more constituents through social media in a more effective way than has been offered through traditional mass media, which has shown considerable bias against women. The pinnacle of political opportunity is obtainable for women in the upcoming age of new media.