Journals have different characteristics than magazines.

  • Scholarly journals generally have a serious look. They often contain numerous charts and graphs. They typically do not have glossy pages or advertisements.
  • Scholarly journals always cite their sources in either footnotes or bibliographies
  • Articles are written by scholars within specific disciplines.
  • The language used is specific to the discipline covered. It assumes some discipline knowledge on the part of the reader.
  • The primary purpose is to report on original research, making it available to the rest of the scholars within the discipline.
  • Many are published by professional associations or universities.

Use a Journal to

  • Do scholarly research
  • Find out what has been studied about your topic
  • Find bibliographies that point to other relevant research