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MA 104: Essentials of Human Disease

Guide to human disease resources to use in your research.

Differences Between Journals and Magazines

Adapted from: "Is it a Magazine or a Journal" Milliken University, Staley Library  (



 Scholarly Journals
or Refereed)
 Professional and
Trade Periodicals

Popular and
Special Interest



To inform, report, or make available original research. In-depth analysis of issues related to the discipline.  Includes information on conferences. Written for practitioners, discusses current trends, news & products in a specific field.  Includes employment & career information; Designed to entertain or persuade. Short articles deal with current events or hot topics Current events; Hard news articles; Will often include interviews; Focus on local and regional information.



Lengthy articles with abstracts, methods, results, conclusions, and bibliography. May be published quarterly Articles medium in length. May include statistics and forecasts. Often published monthly. Articles usually fairly short. Published monthly or weekly. Short articles; Just the facts. Published daily or weekly.



Scholars, professors, or researchers in the field, discipline, or specialty. May be written by staff, a scholar, professional in the field, or a free-lance writer, who has subject expertise. Written by publication's staff or free-lance writers. Written by publication's staff or free-lance journalist.



Use terminology/jargon of the discipline. Reader is assumed to have a similar scholarly background. Language appropriate for an educated readership, and assumes a certain level of specialized knowledge. Use simple language in order to meet minimum education level. Use simple language in order to meet minimum education level.



Graphics and charts to illustrate articles, but seldom glossy pages, pictures, or advertisements. Includes photographs, illustrations, charts and tables to enhance the publication. Sometimes glossy advertisements. Photographs, illustrations, drawings, charts and full of glossy advertisements. Photos, charts and different kinds of advertisements.



Sources cited with footnotes and bibliographies. Occasionally cite sources: Sources sometimes cited in the text. Rarely cite any sources. Original sources can be obscure. Rarely cite any sources. Sources are usually identified in the article.

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