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Library Research Skills for Land and Food Systems: 8. Popular science writing

8. Popular science writing

How can I use this?

Understanding and identifying popular writing helps you evaluate sources to determine if they're appropriate to include in your paper or project.

What is popular science writing?
Popular science magazines are simply popular publications targeted at readers who are interested in science. Popular science magazines and articles share the same characteristics as general magazines except for these differences:
  • The audience is the general public interested in scientific stories.
  • They're written by journalists who often have subject expertise.
  • The language may be more technical than that used in newspapers and other popular magazines.


Some examples of popular science writing are: