Popular magazines are written in a non-technical
language that is easier for the average person to understand. Articles
are generally written by a staff writer or journalist and the information
covered is not as in-depth as in scholarly journals. Popular magazines
usually have pictures and a more glossy look them. Articles may or may
not be signed or include references. Most popular magazines have plenty
Some popular magazines are highly
respected. Business Week and Forbes are
important journals for Management majors and others, but are considered
popular magazines. Other examples include Scientific American and
the New Republic. Most disciplines have a few
of these kinds of publications.
Trade magazines are written for people
in a particular industry and cover industry trends, now products, etc.
Their style is usually glossy and they have pictures. Articles may be
written by staff or contributing authors and there will be some editorial
review. You will sometimes find short bibliographies. They frequently
contain advertisements but most will be trade related.
Newsletters contain information about
mostly current information or topics in a given field. They may contain
articles that are educational and contain a few references but the information
published there is usually more of a current awareness type rather than
rigorous scholarly research.
Gray Literature is a term that refers
to several types of materials that are not commercially published and
may be more difficult to locate than scholarly journals. Examples of
Gray Literature include technical reports, working papers, business documents,
and conference proceedings which may or may not be peer reviewed. Many
of these are somewhat ephemeral and are only available for short periods
of time, but they are frequently referenced in scholarly articles and
dissertations. In recent years, this type of publication has become more
frequently available over the web.
Newspapers are usually published on
a daily or weekly schedule and their purpose is to share current news
and issues. They occasionally report newly released research or topical
stories, but these are written by reporters usually employed by the newspaper
and in most cases reviewed by an editor. Reports of research found in
newspapers are not reviewed by other researchers who are knowledgable
in a field.