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ANTH 102 Cultural Anthropology

Magazines vs Journals

The information in this table will help you distinguish between popular magazine and scholarly journal articles. All assignments for this class involve scholarly journals, not magazines. All journals listed in this library guide and on the syllabus are scholarly. For other journals, use the  database to confirm that a journal is refereed (scholarly) by looking up a journal and checking for Refereed icon   (Refereed). If you still have questions about a journal, contact the instructor or librarian for this class.

 Popular Magazine

 Scholarly Journal

 Examples:    Time
                        Sports Illustrated

 Examples:  Social Science Research
                       Journal of Wildlife Management
                       American Political Science Review

 Intended audience is the general public

 Intended audience is the scholarly reader (professor, 
 student, professional, etc.) 

 Generally slick and attractive, with many color graphics
 and advertisements 

 Few advertisements and glossy pages or pictures

 Broad overviews of topics and/or current events

 In-depth analysis of original research

 Relatively short articles written in non-technical language

 Longer articles written in the vocabulary of the profession

 Author usually a staff writer or journalist

 Author usually an expert or specialist in the field

 Author’s name and credentials often not provided

 Author’s name and credentials always provided

 Articles not evaluated (refereed) by experts in the field
 prior to publication

 Articles usually reviewed and critically evaluated by a panel
 of experts prior to publication (peer reviewed)

 A bibliography (or list of sources the author consulted)
 usually not provided 

 A bibliography and/or footnotes always provided to
 document research thoroughly

 Articles do not necessarily follow a specific format or

 Articles usually more structured, especially in the sciences
 and social sciences, and may be arranged in sections
 such as:

          Abstract (summary of the article)
          Introduction or Literature Review

 Handout created by Janet Dagenais Brown, Education Librarian

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