Type of Periodical
Magazine or scholarly journal?
|Advertising||Extensive||Selective or none|
|Appearance||Slick, glossy, attractive||Plain cover, usually|
|Articles||Frequently, no author indicated or author is journalist; length usually short||Authors included; usually includes some biographical information on author; ALWAYS includes references/sources; usually includes abstract and methodology sections; usually lengthy|
|Audience||Written for general audience||Written for researchers, professionals in field|
|Authors||Written by various authors, frequently journalists||Written by scholars or professionals in a particular field|
|Distribution||Wide; general public||Limited|
|Evaluation||By journalists||By professionals in the same field as subject of article (" Peer-reviewed" ); indicates reliability and credibility of article|
|Graphics||Color photographs, illustrations or drawings to enhance the publication's image||Graphs, charts, tables, other graphics to enhance or illustrate the article|
|Language||Simpler language designed to reach a large audience with various educational levels||Terminology of the discipline or subject covered; reader is assumed to have similar, scholarly background|
|Publisher||Published for profit||Published for professional association or scholarly press|
|Sources||May list sources||MUST include sources|
- A magazine article cites statistics (" 22% of all Americans have been abducted by aliens" )... without giving a source for the information.
- A seemingly important study is only published in a non-peer reviewed publication