Magazines vs. Journals
Scholarly Vs. Popular Articles -- What is the Difference? - (10.5 min.) This tutorial includes audio and will open in a new window.
Although some people may use these two words interchangeably, there is a distinction. If your instructor has told you that you must use "scholarly journals" or "peer-reviewed journals," she or he wants you to avoid using popular magazines as sources for your paper.
|Written for "lay" audience, those who don't have in-depth knowledge of the topic
||Written for "experts" with in-depth knowledge of topic
|Content aimed at entertainment, opinion, quick facts, current topics
||Contain research studies, analysis, technical information
|Shorter articles - broad overview of topics
|Usually do not cite sources of information
||Includes extensive bibliographies of sources cited in work
|Author usually a staff writer
||Authors are "experts" usually with credentials listed
|Evaluated by editors, not experts
||Articles reviewed by a "jury" of experts, often referred to as "peer-reviewed" or "refereed"
|Examples: Time, Newsweek, Psychology Today, Vogue, Reader's Digest
||Examples: Bioscience, Journal of the American Medical Association