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Scholarly Journals vs. Popular Magazines vs. Newspapers: How to Tell the Difference

Scholarly/Academic Popular Magazines Trade Journals Newspapers
etp newsweek advertising age wsj
Author is usually...

Scholar in field, academic or researcher

Staff writer, journalist, often a generalist Staff writer, journalist, often with expertise in field Staff writer, journalist
Credits sources? Always many references and/or footnotes Rarely cites sources, original sources may be obscure Rarely cites sources Rarely cites sources
Structure of articles Long (10+ pages) articles with sections such as: Abstract, literature review, methodology, results, conclusion Brief articles, unless feature Brief articles, unless feature Brief articles, unless feature
Look & Feel... "Looks like a book", no color, no ads Glossy, graphics, full page advertisements Glossy, graphics, advertisements, many are large format Newsprint
Audience... Scholars, academics, researchers General public Industry members or stakeholders General public, some with slant (for instance, Wall Street Journal for business people)
How to Search:
Databases to Use
Ebscohost, JSTOR, and ProQuest - Choose the peer reviewed limiter ProQuest, InfoTrac, and Ebscohost scan for shorter articles Factiva Factiva, LexisNexis Academic


Beware of Book Reviews
Book reviews often appear in scholarly journals, although they provide a critical review of a book, they may not meet your professor's requirements of using a scholarly work. Check the Library Catalog to find the actual book that's been reviewed.

Unsure of a Source? Ask at Information Desk or your Professor.