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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?
- Journal 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
- Magazines 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
Many databases allow you to limit your search to peer reviewed, or refereed,