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  • 1. 

    Articles written by university professors in a given field are

    • A.

      Popular

    • B.

      Scholarly

    Correct Answer
    B. Scholarly
    Explanation
    University professors are experts in their field and their articles are typically published in reputable academic journals. These articles undergo a rigorous peer-review process, ensuring that they are of high quality and contribute to the existing body of knowledge in the field. As a result, they are considered scholarly and are highly regarded by other academics and researchers.

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  • 2. 

     A 15 page article with a list of references will be found in a

    • A.

      Popular magazine

    • B.

      Newspaper

    • C.

      Scholarly journal

    Correct Answer
    C. Scholarly journal
    Explanation
    A 15 page article with a list of references is more likely to be found in a scholarly journal. Scholarly journals are known for publishing in-depth articles that undergo a rigorous peer-review process and include extensive references to support the research and findings presented in the article. Popular magazines and newspapers typically have shorter articles and may not include a comprehensive list of references.

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  • 3. 

    Identify the type of information based on the article citation:Mendez, Tessa. "Thin ice, shifting geopolitics: the legal implications of Arctic ice melt." Denver Journal of International Law and Policy 38.3 (Summer 2010): 527(21). Academic OneFile. 

    • A.

      Scholarly

    • B.

      Popular

    Correct Answer
    A. Scholarly
    Explanation
    The given article citation includes the author's name, the title of the article, the name of the journal, the volume and issue number, the publication date, and the page number. This level of detail and formatting is typically found in scholarly articles. Scholarly articles are written by experts in the field, undergo a rigorous peer-review process, and are published in academic journals. They are intended for an audience of researchers, scholars, and professionals in the field. Therefore, based on the information provided, it can be inferred that the type of information based on the article citation is scholarly.

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  • 4. 

    Identify the type of information based on the article citation: Larkin, M. (2002). Are amusement park rides bad for the brain? The Lancet Neurology, 1(5), 274-274.

    • A.

      Scholarly

    • B.

      Popular

    Correct Answer
    A. Scholarly
    Explanation
    The article citation provided includes the title of the article, the author's name, the year of publication, the journal name, and the page numbers. This format is commonly used in scholarly articles. Additionally, the journal name, "The Lancet Neurology," is a reputable and peer-reviewed journal in the field of neurology. Therefore, based on the information given, it can be concluded that the type of information is scholarly.

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    Identify the type of information based on the article citation: Rosenthal, Elisabeth. "Are we cooking the planet? Millions of stoves in developing nations in Africa and Asia are a surprising--and growing--cause of global warming." New York Times Upfront 21 Sept. 2009: 18+. Academic OneFile.

    • A.

      Scholarly

    • B.

      Popular

    Correct Answer
    B. Popular
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "popular." This is because the article citation is from the New York Times Upfront, which is a popular magazine. It is not a scholarly source, as it is not from an academic journal or publication.

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  • 6. 

    What does "peer-reviewed" or "refereed" mean?

    • A.

      Magazine editors approve the articles before they go to publication

    • B.

      Members of the general public contribute to edits of articles

    • C.

      Experts in that particular field have read and approved the article for publication

    Correct Answer
    C. Experts in that particular field have read and approved the article for publication
    Explanation
    "Peer-reviewed" or "refereed" means that experts in a specific field have reviewed and approved the article for publication. This process ensures that the article meets the standards and quality of the field, as it undergoes rigorous evaluation and scrutiny by knowledgeable individuals in the same area of expertise. The involvement of experts in reviewing and approving articles helps to maintain the accuracy, credibility, and reliability of the information presented in the publication.

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  • 7. 

    Are the articles in Time magazine peer-reviewed?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    Time magazine articles are not peer-reviewed. Peer review is a process where articles are evaluated by experts in the same field before they are published. Time magazine is a popular news magazine that covers a wide range of topics, including news, politics, entertainment, and lifestyle. The articles published in Time magazine are typically written by journalists and editors, and they undergo an editorial review process rather than a formal peer review process.

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  • 8. 

    Which publication is NOT considered a scholarly journal?

    • A.

      International Journal of Mid East Studies

    • B.

      Scientific American

    • C.

      School Library Journal

    • D.

      Journal of Accounting and Economics

    • E.

      Journal of Biological Chemistry

    Correct Answer
    B. Scientific American
    Explanation
    Scientific American is not considered a scholarly journal because it is a popular science magazine that primarily targets a general audience rather than academic researchers. Scholarly journals, on the other hand, are typically peer-reviewed and publish original research articles written by experts in a specific field. While Scientific American may contain articles written by experts, its main purpose is to communicate scientific concepts and discoveries to a wider audience in a more accessible manner.

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  • 9. 

    Which characteristic is NOT common to scholarly publications?

    • A.

      Field-specific jargon or technical language

    • B.

      Bibliography or works cited

    • C.

      Glossy photos and advertisements

    • D.

      Abstract (summary of article)

    • E.

      Written by expert in the field

    Correct Answer
    C. Glossy photos and advertisements
    Explanation
    Scholarly publications typically focus on providing in-depth research and analysis in a specific field, which is why they often include field-specific jargon or technical language. They also include a bibliography or works cited section to acknowledge and reference the sources used in the research. Additionally, scholarly publications usually have an abstract, which provides a summary of the article. Lastly, these publications are written by experts in the field to ensure the accuracy and credibility of the information presented. However, glossy photos and advertisements are not common in scholarly publications as they are more commonly found in popular magazines or commercial publications.

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