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Journal vs. Magazines

Sometimes your professor wants you to find articles from a particular type of periodical.  He/she may tell you to find articles from journals rather than magazines. What is the difference?  

  • scholarly journalJournal articles are more scholarly and are written by experts in their field. You may hear journals referred to as peer reviewed or refereed.  They are meant to be read by researchers. Some titles are Studies in American Fiction, Journal of Animal Science, and  Applied Economics.   

  • magazineMagazines are written for the general public and usually have more color pictures and advertisements.  The articles may be written by experts, but they do not go through the same rigorous editorial process.  Some titles are
  • People, Business Week, and Southern Living.        


Many databases allow you to limit your search to peer reviewed, or refereed, journal articles. 

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