Question #6: Journals
and magazines are important sources for up-to-date information in all disciplines.
With so many periodicals in which to choose from, it is often difficult to
distinguish between the various levels of scholarship. In this guide we have
divided the criteria for periodical literature into three categories: Scholarly,
Popular, and Substantive
Drag the publications
on the left to their correct description, then press the "Submit"
button to check the answer.
Substantive periodicals are often
heavily illustrated, generally with photographs. These periodicals sometimes
cite sources. Articles may be written by a member of the editorial staff,
a scholar or a free lance writer. The language of these publications is
geared to any educated audience. They are generally published by commercial
enterprises or individuals, although some emanate from specific professional
organizations The main purpose of periodicals in this category is to provide
information, in a general manner, to a broad audience of concerned citizens.
Scholarly journals generally have
a sober, serious look. They often contain many graphs and charts but few
glossy pages pictures. Scholarly journals always cite their sources in the
form of footnotes or bibliographies. Articles are written by a scholar in
the field or by someone who has done research in the field. The language
of scholarly journals is that of the discipline covered. It assumes some
scholarly background on the part of the reader. The main purpose of a scholarly
journal is to report on original research or experimentation in order to
make such information availableto the rest of the scholarly world.
Popular periodicals come in many formats, although
often somewhat attractive in appearance. Lots of graphics appear. These
publications rarely, if ever, cite sources. Information published in such
journals is often second or third hand and the original source is sometimes
obscure. Articles are usually very short, written in simple language and
are designed to meet a minimal education level. There is generally little
depth to the content of these articles. The main purpose of popular periodicals
is to entertain the reader, to sell products, and/or to promote a viewpoint.