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POLI 354: Public Personnel Management: Journals

Prof. Joseph Adler

Scholarly vs Popular Periodicals

Databases are used to identify articles from peer-reviewed journals and other types of documents.

When conducting your research, it is important for you to distinguish between journal articles and magazine articles.

Journal articles are usually referred to as "scholarly," while magazine articles are commonly considered "popular". Consider these points when differentiating between journals and magazines.


 Scholarly Journal

 Popular Magazine


 Academics and professionals

 General public


 Experts and/or specialists

 Journalists and/or freelance  writers

 Editorial Review/Peer Review

 Journal editorial board and peer   reviewers.

 Professional editors

 References/ Works cited


 Not necessary