PERIODICAL TYPES: SCHOLARLY JOURNALS / TRADE JOURNALS / POPULAR MAGAZINES
There are generally three (3) types of publications, which you should distinguish as follows:
Primarily print with few pictures.
Tables, graphs and diagrams are often included.
If there are ads, they are for books or conferences.
Cover often depicts industrial setting.
Pictures and illustrations in color.
Ads are mostly trade related.
Colorful ads for commercial products.
Scholars, researchers, practitioners.
Members of a specific business, industry or organization.
Experts in the field (ie faculty members, researchers).
Authors named and institutional affiliations given.
Magazine staff members, contributing authors or freelance writers.
Authors usually named.
Magazine staff members, journalists, freelance writers.
Authors may be anonymous (ie articles are unsigned).
Editorial board of outside scholars (peer review)
Editors work for publisher.
Often a scholarly or professional organization or a university press.
Often a trade organization.
Commercial, for profit.
Research projects, methodology, literary criticism, and theory.
Industry trends, new products or techniques, and organizational news.
News, personalities and general interest articles.
Terminology, jargon & language of the discipline covered. Assumes reader has s scholarly background.
Uses terminology and language of trade or industry covered.
Easy to read, simple language used.
Aimed at the layperson.
Articles include a bibliography, references, notes and/or works cited section
Articles may have short bibliographies.
Articles rarely include references.
Journal of Abnormal Psychology
JAMA Open – the Open-Access arm of the Journal of the American Medical Association
Journal of Internet Banking and Commerce
CyTA Journal of Food
If you have chosen a research topic but don't know specific journals, newspapers or magazines to search, you can use the A to Z Link to browse by subject.
A to Z Link is a database of periodicals or publications included in the other library databases. It will link you to the database in which the periodical or publications you're looking for is located.
You can search for relevant periodicals or publications in two ways:
First: Enter the subject you are searching for in the Search field at the top of the screen.
Then, a list of Criminal Justice Magazines / Newspapers / Journals will appear.
Or: Click on the subject of interest to you within the Browse by Discipline box at the bottom of the page: