Scholarly Journals vs Popular Magazines

Scholarly Journals

Calvin Theological Journal

Content: In-depth articles of original research, very specific in focus, uses jargon of the discipline.

Audience: Researchers, professors, and students in discipline.

Author: Author mentions his/her credentials in the article, usually an expert in the field of study.

Layout: Rigid format of article-usually including an abstract, literature review, methodology, results, conclusion, bibliography.

Objectivity: Articles are generally peer-reviewed (or refereed), content must be approved by editorial board of credentialed experts in the field.

Appearance: Printed on plain paper, little to no advertisements.

Popular Magazines

Time Magazine

Content: Articles are of general interest, may include personal opinions, comments upon the research of others, written with vocabulary that can be broadly understood.

Audience: Lay persons and non-experts.

Author: Author’s credentials may not identify his/her credentials, written by journalists rather than experts in the field.

Layout: Lack of standard format for articles, may not offer supporting evidence or conclusion.

Objectivity: Content is edited by non-experts, editorial board is mentioned but not as prominently as in scholarly journals.

Appearance: Printing on glossy paper, many graphics and advertisements.

Supporting the Library


Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary is a 501(c)3 organization. All donations to the institution are tax-deductible. The Goldberg library is actively soliciting donations of biblical and theological books and audio-visual materials. If you are interested in donating to our library, please contact the library staff at 704.334.6882 x104. For your convenience, a donation form can be completed and sent via email to the Library ([email protected]).

Library Wish List

The Director of Library and Archives maintains a wish list on of desired titles and equipment for the Goldberg Library. Please prayerfully consider blessing the library with these items. If you would like to honor someone through your gift, please inform the Director of Library and Archives so that she/he might send you a thank you letter and designate the honoree with a book plate.

Goldberg 1996 Library Club

The Goldberg 1996 Library Club is a tangible way to support God's work at Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary. The Library will develop the 1996 Library Club to attract donors to give via the library website. Donors will be encouraged to give $19.96 to commemorate the year the institution was founded. Donating to this fund supports the operating budget of the library. Moreover, it helps the library update its technologies, add quality books and media, and fund workshops hosted by the library staff. Please email the library ([email protected]) for more information about donating to the Goldberg 1996 Library Club.

We look forward to growing and evolving to meet the needs of current and future leaders of the church.

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