Teamwork and Collaboration: Evaluate Sources
What kind of journal is this?
When researching, you will come across a variety of different types of journals. Most journals and magazines fall into one of the following three categories: scholarly, popular, and trade publications. This table will show you how to find out how to tell the difference between these types of journals.
|Scholarly Journals||Popular Journals||Trade Journals|
|Purpose||Informs/reports on original research done by scholars and experts in the field.||Entertains and informs a general audience without providing in-depth analysis.||Reports on industry trends, new products or techniques useful to people in a trade or business.|
|Authors||Articles are written by subject specialists and experts in the field.||Articles are written by journalists, freelance writers, or an editorial staff.||Articles are written by specialists in a certain field or industry.|
|Audience||Intended for a limited audience - mainly researchers, scholars, and experts.||Appeals to a broad segment of the population.||Intended for people in a particular profession, business, or industry.|
|Appearance||Simple cover design, few images or ads. May include charts, graphs, data.||Glossy, colorful, many images and lots of advertising.||Often glossy paper; images/advertisements relate to specific field or profession.|
|Article length||Tend to be lengthy, may include original research, in-depth analysis, very specific focus.||Typically brief, from less than 1 page to several pages.||Short to medium length articles.|
|Content||Original research, literary criticism and theory, literature review, in-depth analysis of topic.||Short, feature-length articles, news and general interest topics.||Articles about professional trends, new products or techniques, industry-related news.|
|Writing style||Use terminology, language and jargon relevant to the discipline.||Simple language used, written for general public.||Technical, field-specific language used, assumes reader familiar with industry.|
|References||Articles typically include references, notes, works cited.||Articles typically do not have references.||Articles sometimes have references.|
Evaluating Popular Media
Media saturates our lives and constructs a reality for us. How can you make sure you reflect on both the message and the messenger? These links can help provide perspective.
- The Center for Media Literacy's 5 Core ConceptsSome great questions to ask yourself when you're evaluating a media source.
- Fairness and Accuracy in ReportingIs media bias more structural than political?
- Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in JournalismA site focusing on journalism as an industry, looking at trends in its business and reporting.
- Canons of JournalismThe way journalism is supposed to work.
Evaluating Web Resources - General
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- Evaluating Internet Information (Virginia Tech)Criteria for sorting out good and bad information, along with examples.
- Evaluating Online Information--Fact or Fiction?From Learn the Net: The Internet Owner's Manual
- Evaluating Web Content (State University of New York - Albany)"This guide offers tips for evaluating the quality of content on the Web."
- Evaluating Webpages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask (U.C. Berkeley Library)Lists a series of questions to ask yourself about the website you are evaluating with implications for the answers to those questions.
- Thinking Critically about Web 2.0 and Beyond (UCLA Library)"specific points regarding social networking and other sites that offer user-initiated options"
- Thinking Critically about World Wide Web Resources (UCLA Library)Points to consider in evaluating WWW sites.
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