|Scholarly/Academic||Popular Magazines||Trade Journals||Newspapers|
|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.
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