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