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Scholarly Journals vs. Magazines


Scholarly Journals vs. Magazines

Finding articles from magazines, journals, and newspapers on specific topics is most efficiently accomplished by using the library databases. 

The library databases will tell you where the information came from: a book, magazine, journal, newspaper, or video, for example.  They will also tell you the original date of publication/production. This information is called the citation.  Be sure to write down or copy and paste all of the information listed below whenever you read, save, or print an article so that you will have it available for your Works Cited page.

More information about the MLA citation can be found at

Why use a periodical database rather than a search engine such as Google to find magazine, journal, or newspaper articles? 

To save time finding full text, scholarly sources of information.

What is the difference between a magazine and a journal?  

Magazines are written for the general public.  They often have a lot of advertisements in them. 

Journals, on the other hand, are targeted to students or professionals working in a particular field.  The usually have very few ads in them.  The articles usually include bibliographies at at the end and the author's or authors' credentials (where they went to college and where they work) are given. 

Sometimes a journal is peer-reviewed. 


Peer-reviewed articles are excellent sources of information for scholarly papers!  




Fake News link

Interested in more information? See the Fake News library research guide.

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