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Simply stated, all periodicals are publications that are published periodically. Periodicals are not all the same. Periodicals are presented in different mediums, they utilize different publication processes, and they appeal to a variety of readerships. Below you will find three types of periodicals. You will also find some distinctions between what the academic community considers popular and scholarly literature.
Scholarly publications are written by scholars, for other scholars. You can find scholarly articles in library databases.
Communicate scholarly research regarding a specific field of study
Are often published after being peer-reviewed by other experts in the field
Include bibliographies/reference lists
Can contain research articles of an empirical nature
Very few advertisements
Few or no pictures
Journal of Adolescent Research
Early Childhood Research Quarterly
Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Popular Publications are those like magazines and newspapers
Written for the general public
Simple language for a large audience
Good for current news, opinions and statistics
Articles may contain sources for authenticity, but newspaper articles do not contain footnotes or reference lists.
Articles are usually short
Lots of advertisements
New York Times
Wall Street Journal
Trade publications are geared toward individuals working in a specific profession or trade.
Information may be technical or practical in nature
Often describes recent research and current trends in the discipline but may not include citations or a reference list
Often includes quotes from interviews with professionals and researchers in the field
May contain advertising relevant to the targeted profession
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