What's the difference? | How to find an article from a professional journal
|. Are also called scholarly journals, academic journals, or peer-reviewed publications.||. Are also called general interest magazines.|
. They are written for and by professionals in the particular field.
|. They are written for the general public.|
|. They have bibliographies of sources
consulted at the end of articles.
. They do not cite their sources, usually.
|. They use language or jargon that is specific to the field.||. They use language that is understood by the general public.|
|. They give the author's name and usually the credentials of the author.||
. Sometimes they don't give an author's name. The articles are written
by a staff person on the magazine. Even if they give the author's name,
they sometimes give no indication of who that person is or what
credentials he/she has for writing the article.
|. They usually have no illustrations or photos.||. They often have illustrations and photos.
|. You usually can't buy a professional journal at a store.||. Popular magazines can be bought at drugstores, grocery stores, or bookstores.|
. Examples of professional journals are:
. Examples of popular magazines are:
The easiest way to find an article from a professional journal at Gavilan is to use one of our online periodical indexes: EbscoHost. This index offers the option to search for scholarly journals only. I'll take you through the steps of finding a professional journal in EbscoHost, pointing out some advanced searching techniques along the way.
Remember, if you are trying to access databases from off-campus, you'll need your library card number.
As you will notice, Advanced Search allows you many options. You can carefully craft a Boolean search by using more than one blank, or you can search only in specific parts of the article, like only in the title, or only in the abstract (the summary).
Now, we can continue with entering our search terms in the advanced search screen.
If you scroll down on the page, you will find more options:
Often, when you look through an article from a scholarly
journal, you'll notice that the language is difficult to understand. There
might be big charts of numbers and statistics, or words you don't know.
Remember, the articles are written by experts for other experts in that
subject. They are often reporting on something that no one has ever
noticed or studied before. They have to prove everything they say, or tell
where they read it or heard about it. Many of the great discoveries and
projects of the modern age, such as Einstein's theory of relativity, or
the decoding of Mayan hieroglyphics, were first reported in scholarly
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