Newspapers/Magazines/Academic Journals: What’s the Difference?

Newspapers/Magazines/Academic Journals:  What’s the Difference?


Hello, my name is Cynthia Koman and I am a Faculty Librarian here at Hudson
Valley Community College. During this tutorial, I will tell you about magazines, newspapers, and academic
journals and discuss the difference. Many times,
you professors will ask you for an academic journal for your
research paper. They also might refer to it as a
scholarly, peer-reviewed, professional, or academic journal. All these words sort of mean the same
thing, but we’re going to talk about them a
little bit more in-depth. So, first what we’re going to disucss is peer-reviewed. Peer-reviewed is when an article is written by a scholar in a field of interest, like
psychology. The scholar submits the article to a
journal for publication. The publishers of the
journal send the article to two or more reviewers,
who are peers in the same field. The reviewers read the article and comment on its validity and reliability. If the reviewers feel the article is
good research, meaning it’s valid and reliable, it becomes
published and printed in a journal. And that’s how you
get the peer-reviewed academic journal. Peer-review is a process that and that is the
process that goes through what I just talked about. Okay, so academic journals sometimes have
the word Journal in the title, many times they do.
The articles are normally longer – about 5 or more pages, and there are no
colorful pictures, but there are graphs and charts. As you can see on the slide
here, the pictures show AJN, which is the American Journal of
Nursing, the Canadian Journal of Criminology and
Criminal Justice, Applied and Basic Social Psychology. Notice there’s no journal in that title,
but it is still a scholarly peer-reviewed journal, and
then Science, which is the premier journal in science
and notice there is no journal in the title either for that
particular journal. Okay, so let’s move onto magazines. We talked about the peer-review process for academic journals but magazine have no peer-review process.
So they are not peer-reviewed. These are more of your
popular literature. Popular magazines. The
articles are normally shorter, 1-2 pages, and there’s lots of pictures and ads. So, on the slide here, I have several descriptions of magazines – Oprah the O Magazine, People, Popular Photography – actually has the word popular in it, so it’s a popular magazine, and Vogue. So, as you can see, the difference, if I can just go back to
these pictures of the academic journals, very plain, some pictures, a little bit of color, mostly scholarly information,
mostly words. And then we had the popular magazines – lots of color, lots of pictures, and you can really notice the difference
when you compare the two. Okay, so here we’re going to do a little exercise so that you can pick the magazine, so I’ll give you a few seconds to decide which one you think it is. Okay, and there you go – Magazine: Rolling Stone. And then we’ll do
the same for the journal – so, again, I’ll give you a few seconds to
decide… Okay… and Shakespeare Quarterly is the journal here. GQ is a magazine. Okay, so that is journals and magazines. Now we’re going to move onto newspapers. A lot of people read newspapers online
now, so you may be more familiar with this
screenshot of the Times Union dot-com, looking at that for information for newspaper articles. But also notice on the side there’s
lots of other ones that are still printed today – and those include
the New York Times, again the Times Union is also printed
so I’ve included that, Los Angeles Times, there’s the Chicago Tribune, All of these are very prominent newspapers and you can find
them here in our library databases. Okay, so where can you find the journals and the magazines and the newspapers?
You can find them all in our library databases. You can use
the OneSearch search function to find the
information and for more information on that, you can
watch the tutorial on how to search OneSearch. For newspapers specifically, we do have separate databases for them so I’m just going to jump over to
the Internet and I’m going to show you where those databases are located. Okay so if we go to the Library here at
the green bar at the top, from the main Hudson Valley Library page,
and then we go to the Dwight Marvin Library and we go over to Research Databases and Articles on this tab, we can click there, and then going down to Research Databases by Subject, here is where, right here where it says newspapers, this is
where we would click to get all our newspaper databases. And here they are right here. So as I mentioned, New York Times is there.
Newspaper Source Plus and National Newspaper Core are
really great places to find just newspaper articles. Okay, so I’m just going to pop back and I’m going to click on the OneSearch tab and this is where you look for your academic journals and your newspaper, sorry, and your magazines. Again there’s a tutorial for that. Alright, so that’s what I wanted to share with you during this tutorial. If you
need additional help, please visit the Ask a Librarian link located at this URL, here on this slide [http://www.hvcc.edu/lrc/ask.html]. We’re more than ready to help you. You can make an appointment with us, stop by Reference
Desk and ask a question, or you can do online chat or text, so
thank you very much.

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