Of course, there are other types of periodicals besides scholarly journals and popular magazines. These include:
       
Description
 
Examples
       
Professional/Trade Journals
  • Appearance: Attractive, often glossy.
  • Ads: Contains ads for products & services.
  • Documentation: May cite sources.
  • Authors: Practitioners in the field.
  • Audience: Other practitioners
  • Publisher: A commercial publisher or a professional organization.
  • Purpose: To provide information about current trends and practices to practitioners in the field.
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Journals of Opinion
  • Appearance: Attractive, often glossy.
  • Ads: Contains ads for consumer goods.
  • Documentation: Usually does NOT cite sources.
  • Authors: Sometimes a scholar, but also staff and freelance writers.
  • Audience: An educated audience. Language is usually more sophisticated than a popular magazine.
  • Publisher: Usually a commercial publisher.
  • Purpose: To inform. To promote a particular viewpoint or perspective (e.g., progressive or conservative).

 

 
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Newspapers
  • Appearance: Newsprint, some color photos.
  • Ads: Yes! Ads for products, services, local stores, etc.
  • Documentation: No formal citations. May cite sources within an article's text.
  • Authors: Journalists, freelance writers.
  • Audience: General public.
  • Publisher: A commercial publisher.
  • Purpose: To provide information about current events, especially from a local perspective.

 

 
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