- Length: Shorter articles, providing broader overviews of topics.
- Authorship: Author is usually a staff writer or a journalist. Name and credentials are often not provided.
- Language/Audience: Written in non-technical language for anyone to understand.
- Format/Structure: Articles do not neccessarily follow a specific format or structure.
- Special Features: Illustrations with glossy or color photographs, usually for advertising purposes.
- Editors: Articles are not evaluated by experts in the field, but by editors on a staff.
- Credits: A bibliography (works cited) is usually not provided, although names of reports or references may be mentioned in the text.
From University of Texas at Austin (USTA) Libraries: http://lib.utsa.edu/Research/Subject/scholarlyguide.html.