What's the Difference?
  Popular Magazines Scholarly Journals
Who reads these? General Public Professionals in a field
Who writes these? Reporters
Almost anyone
Professionals in a field
What's in them? News
Non-technical language
Entertainment and general interest articles
No bibliographies
May be slanted to elicit emotional response
In-depth research
Technical language
Original research studies
Bibliographies and references
Typically more objective
What do they look like? Consumer advertising
Glossy photos
Attractive layout
Dense text
Fewer, more specialized ads
When/how are they available? Typically available...
*Available at newsstands
Typically available..
*Subscription only
What are they good for? Broad overview of complex topics
Popular perspective
Finding out what is being written about a topic generally
Current research findings
Checking accuracy of data or statistics
Reviewing the important research on a specific topic or theme
What else? Usually used as secondary sources
Primary source for popular culture
Editors and publishers decide what gets printed each issue
Primary source for lab or field research
Secondary sources for literary criticism
Panel of author's colleagues decide what gets printed in each issue
Some examples? Time
US News and World Report
National Geographic
New York Times
American Journal of Sociology
Journal of the American Medical Association