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Troy High School International Baccalaureate: Types of Publications

This is an online guide for Troy High School IB students

Scholarly Publications

Scholarly publications are written by scholars, for other scholars. You can find scholarly articles in library databases.

  • Written for scholars and college students
  • Academic language/terminology
  • Include bibliographies/reference lists
  • Articles can be long (6-40 pages or more)
  • Very few advertisements
  • Few or no pictures


  • American Journal of Sociology
  • Social Problems
  • Crime and Delinquency
  • Journal of Sociology

Popular Publications

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
  • Extensive pictures


  • Time
  • Newsweek
  • Sports Illustrated
  • InStyle

Trade Publications

Trade publications are written for specific groups of people in a particular industry or trade.

  • Written for working professionals
  • Uses terminology specific to that profession
  • May or may not include bibliographies
  • Articles are often short
  • Extensive advertising
  • Lots of pictures


  • Corrections Today
  • Beverage World
  • American Libraries
  • Fast Food Times