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Criteria to Identify Scholarly and Non-Scholarly Periodicals  

Compiled by Colleen Kehoe-Robinson, Librarian, Associate Professor
Last Updated: Nov 17, 2011 URL: http://mvcc.libguides.com/scholarly Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Criteria to Identify Scholarly and Nonscholarly Periodicals

 

Periodical Type

Purpose and Contents

Examples

Scholarly Journal

Also known as Professional Journal.

*Databases often use the terms Refereed

         or

Peer-Reviewed to describe these journals.

1. Original research or experiments are reported.

2. Experts in the field write the articles to share with other experts in the field.

3. Articles contain specialized terminology of the field.

4. Articles are peer-reviewed.

5. Articles are cited in form of footnotes or bibliographies.

6.Has few or no advertisements.

Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly

 

American Journal of Nursing

 

Journal of Marriage and the Family

 

 

Trade Journal

1. Provides practical information in industry.

2. Articles contain business news, product information, current trends in technology.

3. Articles are generally written by experts in the field for other experts in the field.

4. Contains advertisements for related products.

Aviation Week and Space Technology

 

 

General-Interest Magazine

1. Information is geared towards a broad audience.

2. Articles are typically written by editors or freelance writers; they are not peer-reviewed.

3. Articles tend to include a large number of photographs.

4. Contains many advertisements for a variety of products.

Time

 

Newsweek

 

Psychology Today

Popular Magazine

1. Articles are short and are written by freelance writers.

2. The purpose of the magazine is to entertain.

3. Contains many advertisements for a variety of products.

People Weekly

 

Rolling Stone

Information adapted from:

Working With Faculty to Design Undergraduate Information Literacy Programs. Chart. New York :

Neal-Schuman, 1999.

CRKR 8/02

 

 

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