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Nursing Resources: What is a peer reviewed journal?

Newpapers, Magazines and Scholarly Journals!

Newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals are called periodicals because they are published at periodic intervals throughout the year, such as daily, weekly, monthly etc. What are the differences between newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals? 

  • Newspapers are usually published daily and are a great source of local information, editorials, and opinions. Most newspapers now publish Web sites. Examples of newspapers are the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.
  • Magazines are good sources of information or opinions about popular culture or up-to-date information on current events. Popular magazines typically have colorful covers and lots of advertisements. Examples are Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and U.S. News & World Report. Articles are not usually written by experts in the field.
  • Scholarly or peer-reviewed journals have collections of articles written by experts in academic or professional fields. Journals are excellent for finding out what has been studied or researched on a topic and to find bibliographies that point to other relevant sources of information.

 

How to find a scholarly article

This short video from Vanderbilt University illustrates how to recognize a scholarly article and how to find them in the library.

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