This guide describes the differences between scholarly peer reviewed journals and popular sources.
What is a periodical? What is the difference between scholarly and popular periodicals?
How can you identify an author’s credentials and qualifications for writing in a scholarly journal?
How does the peer review process work?
*by Eli Moody, Vanderbilt University, Peabody Library, 2007 (3:12 min)
A periodical is published at regular intervals (daily, weekly, monthly...) in a series throughout the year . On the Web it can be hard to distinguish the difference.
Journal (scholarly): includes articles written by scholars in an academic or professional field, which are often peer reviewed.
Magazine (popular): includes articles about diverse topic of general interest and current events. Usually these are written by journalist and geared toward the general public.
Newspaper (popular): includes articles about current events usually published daily.
Academic or Scholarly Journal Articles often:
Popular Magazine Articles often