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The Research Process: Types of Articles

A tutorial on doing research that gets the results you want.

General Interest Magazines

General Interest Magazines Trade Magazines Academic Journals Newspapers
Also known as popular magazines Also known as industry magazines Also known as scholarly, refereed or peer reviewed journals
Appearance: Generally attractive and illustrated with color photographs. Appearance: Generally attractive and are often illustrated with color photographs. Appearance: Generally have a sober, serious look. May contain graphs and charts, but few glossy pages or photographs. Use scholarly language with vocabulary specific to their profession or field. Appearance: Generally printed on newsprint in black ink.
Audience: Written for the general public. Audience: Written for industry professionals Audience: Written for academics and professionals. Audience: Written for the general public.
Authority: Articles written by staff or freelance writer. Authority: Articles written by staff writers, though the magazine may sometimes accept articles from industry professionals. Authority: Articles written by researchers or scholars in the field who report the results of original research. Authority: Articles written by staff writers and freelance journalists.
Content: Includes current events and special features. Content: Includes current events and special features within a particular profession or industry. Content: Includes scholarly research for a particular profession or industry. Content: Includes current events and special features.
Examples: Time, Discover, Ebony, Cooking Light
Examples: Advertising Age, Art Culinaire, Food Protection Trends
Examples: Journal of the American Medical Association, Convention and Event Tourism
Examples: New York Times, Wall Street Journal