Popular sourceLast Updated: Apr 11, 2023
"popular, adj. 1. Of a belief, attitude, etc.: prevalent or current among the general public; generally accepted, commonly known. Also (of a disease): †epidemic (obsolete)." OED
"source, n. 4. e. A work, etc., supplying information or evidence (esp. of an original or primary character) as to some fact, event, or series of these. Also, a person supplying information, an informant, a spokesman." OED
Popular sources are a type of source that can be used for an assignment, paper, project, presentation, or creative piece.
- Their purpose is to entertain and inform a general audience without providing in-depth analysis.
- Unlike scholarly and peer-reviewed sources, popular sources are not written by experts in the field or scientists, but rather journalists, freelance writers, or editorial staff.
- Their content typically includes short, feature-length articles, news and general interest topics.
- Popular sources typically don’t contain citations, abstracts, methodologies, or in-depth information, but focus on a generalized audience.
- Examples: Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and Sports Illustrated