Remember to consider the type of material you find - is it a scholarly or popular article?
Use this handy chart to determine what you have - you might bookmark this for future reference!
Journals, print and online
Magazines and newspapers, print and online
|Author||Is a noted professional or expert||Is a journalist, student, popular author; or may not be listed|
|Advertising||Very little or highly specialized||Significant amount|
|Audience||Advanced reading level; may have specialized vocabulary||Basic reading level for a general audience|
|Bibliography, Sources or
List of Works Cited
|A list of references is included at the end of each article||Articles rarely include references, bibliographies or lists of works cited|
|Indexing||Articles are listed in specialized databases and indexes; for example PsycINFO, EBSCOHost or JSTOR||Articles are listed in general databases and indexes; for example Reader's Guide or Periodicals Index|
|Level of Language||higher level language, topics are more narrowly focused, serious tone, words used are specific to a discipline, written by experts||broad and simple language, general topics, written to be understood by almost anyone|
|Purpose||Discusses a specific scholarly field||Current events, general interest items|
|Review Policy||Articles are reviewed by peers; experts in the field. Editorial board is composed of scholars in the field||Editor or editorial board are members of the magazine's staff|
Harvard Business Review, Lancet, Modern Fiction Studies, Nature
People, Cooking Light, US News and World Report, Publisher's Weekly, Sports Illustrated, National Inquirer