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Researching and Writing an Architecture Paper

Basic information on researching and writing a paper in the field of architecture.

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:





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


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.


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.


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


May use specialized terminology.

Vocabulary in general usage; understandable to most readers.

References (Endnotes or Footnotes)

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


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