Journals, Newspapers and Magazines; a public
news announcement brought to you by the TCC Library: Modern news for a modern age: Explore.
Discover. Succeed. Are you seeking knowledge, my friend? At today’s
bustling colleges, even the hometown captain of the football team must learn to master
the library and research, and that means knowing the difference between newspapers, magazines
and journals. Collectively, these are called periodicals because they are published periodically,
a lot like how your favorite radio show will periodically release new episodes on the air.
Let’s explore the differences, shall we? You may already be familiar with newspapers,
and even know your neighborhood newsboy by name, like little Jimmy here. From a research
standpoint, it is important to remember that newspapers write with journalistic perspective
on a specific time and place. Reliable stories are based on eye-witness testimony. Newspapers
aren’t peer reviewed, but well get into that a little later. These youngsters are gathered around a fine
example of a magazine. Remember, magazines are written for the general public, and are
generally written for entertainment. Magazines do have an editor, and they can be appropriate
to use in a research paper, depending on your instructor’s research requirements. Magazines
can be useful for citing current events or very new topics. Now boys, don’t forget to
recycle that magazine when you’re through; Uncle Sam needs you to do your part to beat
back the Axis. Now we are getting to the lifeblood of college
research; journals! Journals come in two varieties: trade Journals, which specialize in news and
information for professionals in a certain occupation. They are a credible source if
written by experts with deep knowledge of the subject area. Here, these doctors are
adding valuable brain power to their professional field.
The 2nd variety of journals are scholarly journals. Scholarly journals involve research
and are often longer than those in popular magazines. Journals with fully documented
references are more scholarly that those that do not include a list of references. Now let’s talk about peer reviewed journals
also called refereed journals. Peer review is a formal process in which experts in a
field review an article before it is published in a journal. Peer reviewed journals are the
most reliable periodical you can use in a research paper. How can you spot a peer-reviewed journal?
Well, there are many ways, my friend. You can look up the publication in question with
Ulrichsweb at the TCC Library website. Ulrichsweb is a database that will tell you if a journal
is peer reviewed. We have carefully rendered the facsimile of
the library webpage below in technical color to bring to you instructions on how to find
Ulrichsweb. Start by mousing over “Article databases” and select “A to Z Databases”.
Scroll down to the letter “U”. Click on “ulrichsweb.com — Serial Solutions”. From here, you can search
using the title of journal or publication. A peer reviewed journal has a referee shirt
next to it. Have questions? You can also contact our sponsors,
the TCC librarians, who will now also be rendered in technical color for your amusement.