Journals and magazines are important sources for up-to-date information, but it is often difficult to distinguish among the levels of scholarship represented (especially within our Research Databases).
In this guide we have divided the criteria for periodical literature into four categories:
Webster's Third International Dictionary defines
Keeping these definitions in mind, and realizing that none of the lines drawn among types of journals can ever be totally clear-cut, please consult the tabs across the top of the page to learn more about each type of journal or magazine.
This LibGuide was adapted from: Distinguishing Scholarly from Non-Scholarly Periodicals – A Checklist of Criteria. Cornell University Library.