Characteristics of Scholarly Journals, Trade Journals and Popular Magazines
|Scholarly Journals||Professional or Trade Journals||Popular Magazines|
To identify a scholarly journal, also known as a refereed journal, use Ulrich's International Periodical Directory (Ref Z6941 U5) or Magazines for Libraries (Ref PN4832 Z999 K37X). Both titles identify journals that are refereed. Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory is also available electronically.
Scholarly Articles Online
To determine if an online journal is scholarly, look for the following characteristics:
- Research method is explained
- Sources are cited
- Authors are identified and have contact information
Example of an online scholarly journal article from a database
Electronic journals can have a print equivalent or only an electronic version. The majority of electronic scholarly journals are versions of the print titles. Electronic scholarly journals are available online via the Internet and commercial services such as EBSCO Academic Search Complete, LexisNexis Academic, and others.