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Comm 306: Sports and Communication

Suggested library resources for Professor Guo's Sports and Communication course, and anyone studying sports-related topics in communication or media.

Scholarly or Popular?

Sometimes it's hard to tell whether you're looking at a scholarly or popular publication.  Here are some tips for distinguishing between the two:
 

Scholarly

Popular

 Content

 Original research presented with evidence,   critical arguments, and other material.   Discussion includes personal opinions,   and typically focuses on material for   entertainment or leisure.

 Author

 Author's credentials are given, usually a scholar   with subject expertise.  Author may or may not be named; often a professional writer; may or may not have subject expertise.

 Edited

 Editorial board is listed on cover or near the   Table of Contents. It is noted that articles are   refereed by peer reviewers.  No editors listed and no referee process   described.

 Audience

 Scholars, researchers, students.  General public; the interested non-   specialist.

 Language

 May use specialized terminology.

 Vocabulary in general usage;   understandable to most readers.

 References 

 Required. All quotes and facts can be verified; sources are cited.  Rare. Little, if any, information about   sources.

 Examples

 Communication & Sport  Sports Illustrated