Scholarly Journals & Popular Magazines
Scholarly journals are subject-oriented periodicals normally published monthly, quarterly or annually. Journal titles often contain one of the following words: Journal, Review, Studies, Notes, Annals, Archives, Quarterly.
- Journal of Abnormal Psychology
- Modern Fiction Studies
- Notes and Queries
- Review of Higher Education
- Film Quarterly
Popular magazines are general interest, entertainment or culture-related periodicals published weekly or monthly. Magazines are available for purchase by the issue at newstands.
- Vanity Fair
- Good Housekeeping
- Psychology Today
Professional, trade and technical periodicals contain articles written by occupational or technical specialists to note important issues or advances in their fields.
- American Machinist
- Hotel and Motel Management
- Real Estate Forum
- Research and Development
- Restaurant Business
Characteristics of Journals and Magazines
What kinds of periodicals are in Library databases?
A Select Guide
- ABI/Inform (Business)
- Art Full Text
- ERIC (Education)
- Medline (Medicine)
- MLA (Literature)
- PsycINFO (Psychology)
(contain articles from both scholarly journals and popular magazines)
- EBSCO Academic Search Complete
- Proquest Central
(these two databases have Peer-Reviewed and Refereed limiters to focus on scholarly journals)
Lexis Nexis Academic (contains magazines, trade publications, newspapers and scholarly journals, especially the Law Review section of the Legal Research database. Ask a librarian if you are not sure which part of Lexis Nexis to use.