Computer Science 311 - Harnick-Shapiro: Types of Articles

Library Guide for Professor Harnick-Shapiro's Computer Science 311 class.

Sample Articles

scholarly journal article 
Onakomaiya, M., Kruger, S. E., Highland, K. B., Kodosky, P. N., Pape, M., & Roy, M. J. (2017). Expanding Clinical Assessment for Traumatic Brain Injury and Comorbid Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Retrospective Analysis of Virtual Environment Tasks in the Computer-Assisted Rehabilitation Environment. Military Medicine, 182(S1), 128-136.

practical article in a Trade Journal
Virtual Platform Exposure Makes Debugging Easier. (2006)Electronic Design, 54(19), 58-58.

popular article in a Popular Magazine
GROSS, G. (2017). The NSA's foreign surveillance: 5 things to know. PC World, 35(4), 37-41.

Recognize Scholarly Journals, Trade Journals, and Magazines: Types of Articles and Their Ases


 Scholarly Journals

 Trade Journals


Written for

Researchers, college professors, and college students

Professionals within that field

General public

Written by

Researchers, who are often college professors

Professionals within that field

Professional writers


Covers: Simple, using few colors
Advertisements: very few
Contains: Research results, charts, graphs, statistics and more.
Published by: Universities or professional associations

Covers: Glossy with great photos
Advertisements:  Many
Contains: Practical information and advertisements for professionals
Published by: Professional associations

Covers: Glossy with great photos Advertisements: Many
Contains: Entertaining information for the people who read it for pleasure.
Published by: Commercial publishers


* are always signed.
* written in scholarly language
* are long, eight or more pages
* report results of research
* will be fully cited
* have detailed bibliography
* reviewed by an editorial board

* might be signed.
* easy to read.
* report trends, news or practical information for professionals.
* Short: 1 paragraph --> 2 pages.
* are likely to be illustrated.

* might be signed.
* are easy to read.
* are read for pleasure.
* include lots of photographs
* report on current topics and events.
* articles tend to be short.

Used for

Journals report scholarly research and are read by scholars and college students. They are used by scholars and college students doing research.

Trade journals inform professionals on practical information, current trends, products, and conferences. They might be used in college research.

Popular magazines are written primarily for the pleasure of the general public but they can inform and educate but are not used college-level research. 


Expensive, minimum $500 per year, obtain from a university.

Cost varies, less expensive, often a part of professional memberships.

Very reasonable, $5-15 per issue, subscriptions bring the cost down.

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Artificial Intelligence
Journal of the ACM
Computer (partially scholarly)
IEEE Transactions on Computers

Journal of Cryptology
Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research
International Journal of Computer Vision
SIAM Journal on Computing

 Communications of the ACM
 Component Developer Magazine
 Computer,does have some scholarly



 PC Magazine
 PC World
 US New and World Report