Evaluating Sources: Using the RADAR Framework

Scholarly, Popular, and Trade

What's in them?


Who writes them?


What do they look like?


Who reads them?


What are their advantages?


What are their disadvantages?

Scholarly, Popular, or Trade?

Popular:  Inform and entertain the general public. Magazines like Time or Rolling Stone; or newspapers like the L.A. Times.

Scholarly:  Disseminate research and academic discussion among professionals in a discipline.  Journals such as Journal of Applied Communication Research.  Usually peer reviewed or refereed.

Trade:  Neither scholarly or popular sources, but could be a combination of both.  Allows practitioners in specific industries to share market and production information that improves their businesses.

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