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English 307: Evaluate Sources

Evaluating Sources

Types of Periodicals: 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 & 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
  • Extensive pictures
  • Glossy
  • Colorful
PUBLISHER

University or professional

For-profit, commercial

Professional organizations
EXAMPLES