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Magazines and Journals

Though both are periodicals, journals and magazines are quite different in purpose and character. Magazine articles generally report events and discuss subjects of current interest. Journal articles analyze and interpret events and issues which, in many cases, are no longer current. A journal article is expected to break new ground with new findings about a subject or a new way of thinking about it.

Run your cursor over the periodical covers below for further differences between the two. Note that journals don't always have the word journal in their name.

Magazines vs. Journals

Academic papers almost always require journals rather than magazines as sources. Papers on sports or popular culture would be exceptions.

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