Periodicals: Classifying Types

Assignment: Compare periodicals using the periodical comparison form. Then, in a short essay, briefly contrast the three different kinds of periodicals: magazines, trade journals and scholarly (also called academic) journals.

How to:

  1. Review the "Periodical, Journal, Magazine, Serial" webpage.
  2. Print out the trade journal list.
  3. Print out the periodical comparison assignment form.
  4. Take the two printouts to the current periodicals section on the second floor, south side of the University Library.
  5. Complete the assignment according to directions. If you can, choose trade and academic journals in your field or discipline.
  6. Take the information you discovered and write a one page essay explaining the differences of audience, purpose, language, author credentials, physical formats and anything else you discovered.