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Journal? Magazine?

Your professor may require use of only peer-reviewed articles from professional publications for your research. Peer reviewed journals are also called refereed, academic or scholarly journals, and have certain characteristics. Do not confuse a magazine with a journal!


  • Contain scholarly articles in a particular subject field such as biology, English, or education written by specialists
  • Articles often begin with an abstract and are usually then divided into the following sections: introduction, theory or background methods, results and discussion
  • Articles usually include a bibliography at the end as well as the author's credentials. Examples of peer-reviewed or scholarly journals are: Studies in Short Fiction, College English, Journal of Counseling and Educational Psychology
  • The library now receives most of its journals online


  • Contain articles by a variety of authors that are geared toward the general reader
  • Generally contains photos and paid advertisements
  • Can be purchased in supermarkets, drug stores, and other retail outlets (Examples of magazines: Good Housekeeping; People; Ebony)
  • The library now receives most of its magazines online

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