Journals vs. Magazines: What’s the
Author is an expert or specialist in the Sometimes no author is given or the author
field. is a staff writer, journalist or freelance
Technical language or jargon of the Written in non-technical language for a
discipline is used. Written for scholars, general audience.
researchers or students.
Generally, few illustrations except for Many pictures and advertisements
graphs and charts and few or no
Footnotes and bibliography of sources at Rarely or never have a bibliography or
the end of articles. footnotes.
Frequently articles have continuous Each issue starts with page 1.
pagination from one issue to the next.
Longer articles with in-depth research and Shorter articles and broad overviews.
Articles are “peer reviewed”* by experts in Staff editors, not experts in the field,
the field. evaluate articles.
Journal of Social History Newsweek
Science National Geographic
*Peer review is a process in which experts in a given field review an article before it is
submitted for publication in a journal. You may also see the term refereed journal.
How to Find Journals
Mark the scholarly journals box in ProQuest to retrieve only journal articles.
Consult Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory (R016.05 U45) or a
reference librarian if you are unsure whether or not a periodical is a magazine or