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 library is actively soliciting donations of books, periodicals, and audio-visual materials. If you are in Charlotte, the library staff would be pleased to arrange a pick-up at your home or business. Please contact the library staff if you would like to donate items to the CCCTS library.

Library Wish List

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

CCCTS Library Club

The Library Club is a tangible way to support God’s work at Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary. Library Club members make monthly pledges that support the operating budget of the library. This helps the library to update its technologies, add quality books and media, and fund workshops hosted by the library staff. The library is responsible for cultivating well-rounded ministers who can navigate information.

Library Club Members make monthly pledges which can be invoiced to you or scheduled as a recurring donation via credit card. As a member, you will enjoy the following privileges:

  • Lending privileges with library books

Please contact the library for more information about becoming a member of the 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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Charlotte, NC 28227-9664

Phone: 704-334-6882