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ENGLISH 434: Young Adult Literature: MLA Citation

MLA Style Citation

Evaluating Sources

Evaluate Sources: Journals, Magazines, Trade Magazines

CHARACTERISTICS SCHOLARLY JOURNALS POPULAR MAGAZINES TRADE MAGAZINES
ADVERTISING Few or no advertisements
 
Extensive advertising Extensive advertising

AUDIENCE
Scholars and college students General;broad based Working Professionals

AUTHOR
Scholars and Researchers Staff and freelance writers Professionals and staff

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Always include bibliographies None May offer a bibliography

LANGUAGE/TONE
Academic, research-oriented Simple language Professional terminology

LENGTH OF ARTICLE
Can be 6-40 pages Varies; often short Varies; often short

VISUAL DESIGN
Few or no pictures, Text w/statistics, few colors Extensive pictures, Glossy, colorful

PUBLISHER
University or professional For-profit commercial Professional organizations
EXAMPLES

Children's Literature in Education

American Literary History

PMLA: Publications of Modern Language Association of America 

 

Time
National Geographic
Newsweek
Poets & Writers
Astronomy
American Libraries