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Library Resources: Journals vs. Magazines

Popular Magazines

Characteristics of Popular Sources

cover of Money magazine


 

AUDIENCE
General readers
 
APPEARANCE
Colorful cover, glossy paper, and color pictures
ADVERTISEMENTS
Several colorful advertisements 
AUTHOR
Journalists, staff writers, usually not experts in the field
CONTENT & FOCUS
Current events, general interest
DOCUMENTATION
Very little, if any documentation
ILLUSTRATIONS
Many colorful eye-catching illustrations
LANGUAGE
Easy to read
LENGTH
Usually short to medium, giving overview of topics
PUBLICATION FREQUENCY
Usually published weekly, or monthly
EXAMPLES   
Psychology Today; Newsweek; National Geographic; Time
 

Scholarly Journals

Characteristics of Scholarly Sources

cover of The Journal of Economic Perspectives


 

AUDIENCE
Professors, researchers, scholars, students
APPEARANCE
Plain cover, and black and white pictures
ADVERTISEMENTS
No advertisements
AUTHOR
Experts in the field, professionals
CONTENT & FOCUS
 Original thoughts, ideas,  research, new methodologies
DOCUMENTATION
Bibliographies, footnotes
ILLUSTRATIONS
Few illustrations, relevant research oriented charts, graphs, and tables
LANGUAGE
Specialized formal language
LENGTH
Usually quite lengthy, giving         in-depth research, theories, analysis
PUBLICATION FREQUENCY
Usually published monthly, or quarterly
EXAMPLES
Journal of Experimental Psychology; Journal of Mental Health Counseling

Popular vs. Scholarly

This short video explains the difference between popular and scholarly sources