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Popular or Scholarly? Tips for Evaluating Periodicals: Popular Periodicals (Magazines)

Why is this Popular?

Length of Articles

 

  

• Short (1-5 pages)

Audience

 

  

• General, non-academic, non-specialized audience

Authority/Expertise

 

  

• Journalists, rather than researchers or specialists in a given field

Bibliography

  

• None

Frequency

 

  

• Published frequently (i.e., weekly, biweekly or monthly)

Inclusions

 

  

• Many photographs or other illustrations


• Extensive commercial advertising

Subjects

 

  

• Variety of topic/subject areas (Time, New Yorker, National Review)

OR


• Single subject area with the intention of informing or entertaining a general audience. Sports Illustrated or Vogue are good examples.

Vocabulary

 

  

• Use conventional/conversational language, as opposed to a specialized vocabulary

Examples of Popular Magazine Holdings at Berry