Distinguishing Scholarly from Non-Scholarly Periodicals
Journals and magazines are important sources for up-to-date information in all subject areas. Access to the large and varied journal collection through L. W. Nixon Library requires the ability to distinguish between the levels of scholarship found both in the print and electronic publications. For the purpose of this guide, types of periodicals have been divided into four separate categories: Scholarly; Substantive News or General Interest; and Popular.
You may limit your search results in the Ebsco and Infotrac online databases by checking the boxes found on their initial search screens labeled "peer-reviewed" or "refereed publications".
Scholarly journals generally have a serious look. They often contain numerous charts and graphs. They typically do not have glossy pages.
Examples of Scholarly Journals
Non Scholarly Periodicals
Substantive News or General Interest
These may be appealing in appearance. Articles often have numerous photographs.
The primary purpose of these periodicals is to provide information to a broad audience.
Examples of Substantive News or General Interest Periodicals
Popular periodicals are published in many formats. They tend to be slick with lots of graphics including photographs, and drawings.
The primary purpose of popular periodicals is entertainment, selling products, and/or promotion of a particular viewpoint. Examples of Popular Periodicals Sports Illustrated Newsweek Good Housekeeping Ebony
Examples of Popular Periodicals
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