Identifying ResourcesScholarly  VS. Popular Journals: When to Use

Use Scholarly Journals When

  • Use books for background or comprehensive information on your topic.
  • Use journal or magazine articles for more specific and more current information.
  • Use audiovisuals/media and the Internet to supplement other resources.

Use Popular Magazines When

  • You are not sure what your topic will be.
  • You do not know very much about the topic.
  • You need background information about original research.