Attributes of magazines

  • These may be appealing in appearance.
  • Articles often have numerous photographs.
  • News and general interest periodicals may or may not cite sources used in articles.
  • Articles may be written by a variety of staff members, scholars or free lance writers.
  • The language is geared to interested audiences.
  • No discipline knowledge is assumed.
  • These periodicals are generally produced by commercial publishers.
  • The primary purpose of these periodicals is to provide information to a broad audience.

Use a Magazine

  • To find information or opinions about popular culture
  • To find up-to-date information about current events
  • To find general articles written for people who are not necessarily specialists in the topic area

Magazines, like journals and newpapers, are called "periodicals" because they are published at regular intervals throughout the year.