Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University
Thursday April 24, 2014

Library Hours: 1:00am to 1:00am

Eastern Michigan University Library

Distinguishing Between Types of Publications

Scholarly Journals, Professional and Trade Publications, and Popular Magazines

  Scholarly Journals Professional/Trade Publications Popular/General Interest Magazines
Purpose Report original research or theories to advance knowledge Provide practical information for members of a profession, industry, or organization: news, trends, products, research summaries Provide information, news, opinions, entertainment to the general public
Writing Style Uses specialized vocabulary or jargon. Requires prior training or subject expertise to understand. Uses specialized vocabulary or jargon. Requires prior training or subject expertise to understand. Uses vocabulary understood by the general public, including those with an upper elementary education
References / Bibliography Documentation of sources, quotes, facts, and ideas is required. Must be cited in footnotes or a bibliography. Documentation of sources not required, though there are sometimes brief bibliographies of further readings Documentation of sources is not required and is rare
Advertisements Few, if any, advertisements Moderate number of advertisements targeted to the interests of the members of a profession, industry, or organization Large number of advertisements for a wide variety of products that appeal to the diverse needs of the general population
Authors Scholars or resarchers. Academic credentials, degrees, and/or affiliation are almost always provided. Journalists or members of the profession, industry, or organization Journalists