Google Scholar is a great resource to see what type of scholarly articles have been written on your topic. While you may not be able to read the full-text article through Google Scholar, you can always search our databases to see if the full-text is available through our subscriptions.
Here's a guide to help you determine the article you found is a scholarly, trade, or magazine source.
|Content||Articles reporting research, methodology, and theory||Short articles about a certain business or industry||Current events and general interest articles|
|Purpose||Share research and scholarship with academic community||To inform those in a business or industry about relevant news, trends, and products||To inform, entertain, and elicit emotion regarding personalities, news, and general interests|
|Author||Researchers, professors; credentials provided||Members of a specific business, industry, or organization; staff writers||Non-professionals; Frequently journalists; may or may not have expertise|
|Audience||Scholars and researchers including college students||Industry professionals||General public|
|Editorial board; some are peer-reviewed; bibliographies||Editors working for publication; might have short bibliography; not peer-reviewed||Editors working for publication; not experts|
|Advertisement||Few, if any||Moderate; geared toward products for industry professionals||Heavy; numerous glossy ads and photos for lots of products|
|Appearance||Plain; black and white graphics/illustrations supporting findings||Glossy, colorful, and numerous photos||Glossy and large with lots of color pictures; catchy titles|
|Frequency||Quarterly or semi-annually||Usually weekly or monthly||Usually weekly or monthly|
|Citations||Bibliographies; footnotes/endnotes||None or very short bibliographies||None|
|Examples||Journal of Abnormal Psychology;||American Libraries||
Time; Health; Entertainment Weekly; Sports Illustrated
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