MRU Library Blog

Scholarly vs. Popular Articles

As research assignments are handed out to students, one of the questions we get asked the most is what is the difference between scholarly  and popular articles.

This chart briefly outlines some of the main differences between scholarly and popular articles:


Academic / Scholarly / Peer-reviewed

Popular / Trade



Journalist / Professional Writer


Reviewed by other experts (peers)

Reviewed by an editor


Scholars and students

General public / professionals


Original research; uses previously published literature for background

News and practical information; uses a variety of sources for background

Sources Cited?



(posted with permission from J.Monteith)

We have also created this page on our website which provides further information about how to evaluate sources and may be helpful for you as you select resources for your research.

Wondering if your article is scholarly? This document will walk you through the steps of evaluating a resource.

And as always, you can bring your questions to a staff member at the Info desk or talk to us over our online chat service, Libhelp.

Happy researching!

Writing Help

The MRU Library is pleased to announced that, beginning September 17, 2012, a Writing and Learning Strategist from Student Learning Services will be back in the library for drop-in writing and citation assistance.

The Details:

WHO: Writing and Learning Strategist from Student Learning Services

WHAT: Drop in assistance (15 minute max) answering questions about writing, learning and referencing/citing

WHEN: Monday to Friday1:30-3 starting September 17, 2012

WHERE: In the ESL area, behind the Reference collection

WHY: To provide students with additional writing help

Get to know MRU Library

Firstly welcome to both new and returning students and faculty!  As university patrons, you probably agree it is important to know how to navigate your campus library and library resources.

To help you in this process, we will be offering free drop-in library tours and library information mini-sessions over the next few months. There is no need to register.

The library tour is an overview of our services, resources and facilities. The mini-sessions we will be offering are:

  • Computers and Printing in the Library
  • Study Zones / Book Group Study Spaces
  • Find a Book on the Shelf
  • Download an ebook.

Since we know that many of you are very busy, some of our staff have put together a fabulous online guide to using MRU Library.  You can even take a virtual tour of the library and do so from the comfort of your own home.  To access this guide and calendar of tour and mini-session dates and times, please click on the following link:

Welcome Back! Fall Hours

Welcome back to MRU! The Library wishes you an amazing semester, whether it’s your first (yay!) or you’re an old pro.  We are open the following hours for your convenience:

Monday – Thursday 7:45 am to 10 pm

Friday 7:45 to 8 pm

Saturday – Sunday 10 am to 8 pm

The Library will be closed on Monday, October 8 and Monday, November 12