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.
|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||varies||varies|
|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||Usually continously paginated across issues||Paginated by issue||Paginated by issue|
|Ads||Contains few ads||Color ads related to discipline||Ads throughout issue|
|Article Titles||Long||Factual and short||Sensational and short|
|Articles||Long, usually with charts & graphs, bibliography at end, and peer-reviewed||Shorter than scholarly||Usually short, with accompanying pictures|
|Authors||Author is specialist in field||Author is specialist or practitioner||Author is journalist or not listed|
|Examples||Journal of Pediatric Nursing||AdWeek||Sports Illustrated|