For your class research and in your everyday life, articles are an important source of information, so we want to talk in more detail about the different types of articles and their best uses. Most articles are published in Periodicals or Serials, which are publications that are published on an ongoing basis (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.), such as journals, magazines, and newspapers. These articles and publications can be published electronically (online) and/or published in print.
We are going to talk about three different types of periodicals: Academic or Scholarly Publications, Professional or Trade Publications, and Popular Publications.
What are Academic or Scholarly Publications?
Academic or Scholarly Publications are journals or other publications that aim to advance knowledge, educate, & discuss important topics in a field or subject area. Many Academic or Scholarly Publications are also peer-reviewed journals, but not all! Typically, articles from these publications provide in-depth, primary accounts of original research, but they can also include articles that review products or discuss developments in the field.
What are Professional or Trade Publications?
Professional or Trade Publications are journals, magazines, or other publications like newsletters that aim to provide practical industry information. Articles from these publications provide current news, trends, & products in a specific field or industry.
Popular publications are newspapers, magazines, blogs, and other publications that aim to entertain and inform readers. Articles from these publications may discuss someone else’s research, include narrative or opinion, or present general information.