Magazines & Journals OSU Libraries. Authors Magazines Professional journalist Layperson Sometimes anonymous Journals Recognized expert Scholar or professional.
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Authors Magazines Professional journalist Layperson Sometimes anonymous Journals Recognized expert Scholar or professional Credentials are given
Notes & Bibliographies Magazines Sources of information mentioned in article Few or, usually, no notes or references Journals Sources of information acknowledged with notes reference lists works cited etc.
Audience Magazines General audience Prior knowledge of topic not assumed Journals Other scholars or experts Prior knowledge of topic assumed
Purpose Magazines Entertain Inform Report news, current events Journals Share original research or interpretations Further understanding of a topic in a discipline Advance knowledge of the discipline
Style & Contents Magazines Language usually non- technical, straightforward Topics usually current events or issues Journals Language highly specialized; jargon Topics may be very narrow Original research or ideas
From Donald L. Bartlett and James B. Steele, “Who Left the Door Open,” Newsweek, 30 March 2006 From Jennifer Van Hook et al, “For Love of Money? Welfare Reform and Immigrant Naturalization,” Social Forces, December 2006.
Editing Magazines Reviewed or proofed by employees of magazine General fact checking for accuracy Journals Refereed or peer reviewed (reviewed by experts in the field) “Blind” review: reviewers do not know who wrote or submitted the article Acceptance indicates high quality of scholarship
Advertisements Magazines Many Scattered throughout Aimed at “typical” consumer Journals Few Often restricted to one section of journal Specialized ads or professional announcements (new books, conferences, etc.)
Frequency & Availability Magazines Usually monthly or weekly Available by subscription Individual titles can be purchased at stores, newstands Journals Available by subscription or membership in professional organization Varies: often quarterly or monthly
Credits Content: Adapted from “Popular Magazines and Scholarly Journals: Characteristics and Differences,” 31 August 2006, Harvard College Library, 30 June 2008, http://hcl.harvard.edu/research/guides/lamont_handouts/scholarlyjournals.html. http://hcl.harvard.edu/research/guides/lamont_handouts/scholarlyjournals.html Collages : “ASME’s Top 40 Magazine Covers of the Last 40 Years,” 2006, ASME: American Society of Magazine Editors, 30 June 2008, http://www.magazine.org/Editorial/Top_40_Covers/http://www.magazine.org/Editorial/Top_40_Covers/ “The 15 best Magazine Covers since 1960,” 2006, Your Cover, Inc., 30 June 2008, http://www.yourcover.com/15-Best-Magazine-Covers-Since-1990.jsp http://www.yourcover.com/15-Best-Magazine-Covers-Since-1990.jsp “Top 10 Magazine Covers,” Time, 30 June 2008, http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/top10/article/0,30583,1686204_1686303_1692246,00. html. http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/top10/article/0,30583,1686204_1686303_1692246,00. html Thumbnails of journal covers from Project Muse, 30 June 2008, http://0- muse.jhu.edu.oasis.oregonstate.edu/journals/.http://0- muse.jhu.edu.oasis.oregonstate.edu/journals/ OSU Libraries