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Researching a Topic: Magazines vs Journals

Use this guide to help you work through the various steps of conducting research and locating scholarly sources on a topic.

Scholarly (Academic) vs. Popular Magazines

The following 3-minute video produced by Vanderbilt University's Peabody Library provides a good overview of the differences beween popular and scholarly periodicals.


Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals

Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals
(Permission received from Research & Learning Services, Olin Library, Cornell University Library, Ithaca, NY to reproduce and adapt this guide for our  own use.)

Scholarly, Trade, and Popular Journals (from the Ithaca College Library)

Comparison Chart: Scholarly (Academic) vs. Popular Articles (from the UC Davis Library)

Scholarly Journals, Trade Publications, and Popular Magazines (from ProQuest)

What is a Peer Reviewed Article?

What is a Peer-Reviewed Article? (from the John Jay College Library)

Peer Review in 3 Minutes (A short video on peer review from the North Carolina State University Library)

What is Peer Review (from the Appalachian State University Library)

How to Read a Scholarly Article