Journals and magazines are important sources for up-to-date information in all disciplines. For research papers, you will be required to use scholarly sources. Therefore, it is very important to be able to distinguish scholarly writing from other types of writing.
The following criteria will help you distinguish between these following types of periodical publications: scholarly journals, general interest magazines, popular magazines, trade journals and magazines, and sensational news.
Some examples of scholarly journals include: Canadian Journal of Political Science, Shakespeare Quarterly, French Historical Studies, Modern Age
General Interest Magazines
Examples of general interest magazines include: Newsweek, Maclean's, National Geographic, Psychology Today, Popular Science
Some examples of popular magazines include: Ladies Home Journal, Vogue, Sports Illustrated, People
Some examples of trade publications include: MacWorld, Industry World, Byte
Some examples of sensational periodicals include: National Enquirer, Star, Globe