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Types of Periodical Literature

Your professors will often ask you to use "scholarly" or "academic" journal articles in your research.

These articles are typically different than ones you will find in a newspaper or magazine, or online through a Google search.

Below are some examples of each:

 

Academic / Scholarly

Trade Journals

Popular / Consumer

Focus

Discipline focused (ex. psychology, nursing, theology, etc.)

Discipline focused

General

Audience

Scholarly or academic

Professionals

General public

Title

Frequently uses the word journal, review, bulletin, quarterly or research

 

 

Typically published…

Monthly or quarterly

Weekly or monthly

Weekly or monthly

Cover

Plain (one- or two-color)

Bright, full color

Bright, full color (glossy)

Pagination

Across issues

Single issue

Single issue

Advertisements

Few or none

Several

Many

Article titles

Long & descriptive

Factual and short

Sensational and short

Articles

Long; contain graphs; bibliographies & footnotes; peer-reviewed

Shorter than scholarly; may have charts and graphs, or a few pictures

Usually short; pictures illustrate articles; no bibliographies or footnotes

Author

Specialist, professor, or researcher in the field with credentials listed

Specialist or practitioner

Journalist, or no author or credentials listed

Example

Journal of Pediatric Nursing

AdWeek

Sports Illustrated

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