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COMM 101 - Fundamentals of Oral Communication - Dawn Carusi: Magazines vs. Journals

How to find quality articles using library research databases

Magazines vs. Journals

  Popular Magazine Scholarly Journal*
Appearance Glossy; lots of color, photos, and illustrations  Plain-looking; Text heavy; Visuals usually include charts, graphs, & tables
Authors Journalists Experts specializing in a particular subject field
Audiences General, non-professional audiences Professionals and scholars in the field to which the journal pertains
Article Titles Usually short; attention-grabbing; aren't necessarily explicit about an article's content Can be lengthy; usually very explicit about what an article is about
Content News, general interest articles; wide variety of topics Original research, review articles; narrow subject scope
Length of Articles Vary from short to lengthy (a few paragraphs to ~8-10 pages) Usually pretty lengthy (~10-20 pages)
Article structure Usually no formal structure; lengthier articles may have labeled subsections Very formally structured; Consist of abstracts, summary of research problem or question, methodology, results, conclusion, and references
Source citations Sources may be mentioned but not necessarily cited Heavily cited; citations can be included in footnotes, references, or bibliographies
Advertisements Yes None or some

*Some scholarly journals are known as "peer-reviewed" journals.  "Peer-reviewed" journals require that an author's work be reviewed by a group of his/her professional peers before it can be included in a publication.