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Popular Magazines

Written by paid journalists, staff writers, freelance writers. An article usually has just one author.

Written for the general public. Often written to entertain as well as to inform.

Sources may be mentioned, but not formally cited.

Glossy cover, short articles, colorful images.

Subscriptions are inexpensive.

Examples (front cover graphic goes to Amazon--please use the title link instead):

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The Atlantic
EBSCOhst: 1995 - present
LexisNexis: 2010 - present

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The Economist
Print: 2010 - present
Microform: 1963 - 2013

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EBSCOhost: 1994 - 2006
Print: 1922 - present

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National Geographic
EBSCOhost: 2005 - present
Print: 1920 - present

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EBSCOhost: 2011 - present
Print: 2013 - present
Microform: 1985 - present


Scholarly Journals

Written by unpaid specialists in the field, including professors and other researchers. An article usually has several authors.

Written in specialized and technical language for academics and other specialists in the field to report research and analysis.

Usually peer reviewed (read and evaluated by specialists in the field). Go to: peer review explained at Science Direct.

Sources are formally cited in footnotes and bibliographies.

Long articles include an abstract and conclusion; may include charts, graphs, or tables.

Subscriptions are expensive.


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Psychological Science
Sage: 1999 -present
Print: 1998

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Journal of Marketing Research
American Marketing Association: 2000 - present

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Contemporary Literature
Project Muse: 2004 - present
EBSCOhost: 1983 - present (Embargo: 1 year)
Microform: 1969 - 1990

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Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
ScienceDirect: 1995 - present

Popular Magazine Article

Withgott, J. (2003). Refugee species are feeling the heat of global warming. New Scientist, 1774.

One author and affiliation is not listed:

Writing style is relatively informal.

Sources are not formally cited at the end of the article.


    Scholarly Journal Article

    Cordellier, M., Pfenninger, A., Streit, B., & Pfenninger, M. (2012). Assessing the effects of climate change on the distribution of pulmonate freshwater snail biodiversity. Marine Biology, 159(11), 2519-2531.

    Authors with affiliation:

    Writing uses discipline specific jargon. Note the in-text citations.

    Sources are listed at the end of the article.


      Popular Magazines vs. Scholarly Journals

      NOTE: E-Journals & Periodicals

      NOTE: See EBSCO A-to-Z | E-Journals & Periodicals List to find journals and/or to verify Cressman Library holdings, whether online or in print.

      Before submitting an Interlibrary Loan, be sure to look up the journal title in E-Journals & Periodicals to verify whether or not Cressman Library has access.


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