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PHIL 342 (ChoGlueck)

Research guide with information and tips supporting the coursework in Christopher ChoGlueck's PHIL 342 class

Use popular sources when you need:

  • A general overview of a topic;
  • Very current information;
  • Opinion pieces;
  • Ideas on where to look for scholarly sources

Popular resources do not typically go through the same review process as academic resources; in many cases popular resources are reviewed by a single editor, who may or may not have expertise in the subject area. Popular resources are usually written for a broad audience and do not always use the same, formal language as authors of academic articles.

Examples of popular resources include magazine and newspaper articles, websites, and wikis. Use popular resources to identify the latest trends and issues within your topic, but do not rely heavily on these types of resources.

Characteristics of popular source articles:

  • Uses short sentences and simple language
  • Author reports information from interviews or second hand sources
  • Sometimes the author is not listed or qualifications are not indicated
  • Bibliography or references usually not included
  • Usually illustrated with colorful photographs

Courtesy of Northcentral University.

These are good places to start when looking for popular sources

NMT Skeen Library


801 Leroy Place, Socorro, NM 87801


(575) 835-5614