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A guide to the differences between types of periodical articles


So, you have an assignment that asks you to find a journal article, an article from a scholarly journal, or a scholarly journal article? Not sure what that means? No worries, we have you covered here.

This guide will show you how to identify a journal article on sight.

Types of Periodicals

Periodical articles come in a variety of different types. Make sure to read the assignment closely to determine if your instructor requires the use of specific types of periodical articles.

Is there a difference? YES!

There are four categories of periodical articles:

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Trade Publications
  • Journals (sometimes called scholarly journals or academic journals)

In fact, in terms of quality, the listing above reflects article quality from low value to high value.

This guide will walk you through characteristics and identification tips for each category.


Dan Chaney
Research & Learning Services Division
306 Edmon Low Library
Stillwater, OK 74078