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Psychology 370 - Human Development (Stieferman)

Research strategies and links to information resources related to Psychology

Understanding Periodicals


When doing research, it is useful to understand the different types of periodicals and the kind of information they contain.

Journals (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Contain original research articles written by the scholars themselves.
  • Also contain news articles related to the field.
  • Are published by professional societies for those working in that discipline.
  • Are the most scholarly source available as most articles are reviewed by experts in the subject.
  • Aritcles are usually longer and contain citations.

Magazines (not Scholarly/Professional)

  • Shorter articles written for more general audience.
  • Typically written by journalists.

Newspapers (not Scholarly/Professional)

  • Newspaper articles contain the most current news about a topic.
  • Not usually scholarly or professional, but may be only source of information on newer topics.

The Peer Review Process