What is a magazine?
Magazines are published regularly (periodically). A magazine is intended for a general audience and contains:
How does a magazine differ from a journal?
A print magazine's design is colorful and appealing:
How does a magazine's writing style differ from a journal's?
A magazine is written to interest readers and keep them reading:
How do I recognize a magazine in a database?
Look for tip-off words in the title like:
What database clues tell me it's a magazine?
What if I'm still not sure it's a magazine?
Search the publication's name. Does Google's search snippet include the word magazine?
How else can I determine if my source is a magazine?
Go to the periodical's website:
What instructions are given to prospective writers?
What if there's conflicting evidence?
Weigh the information, and then use your judgment.
For example, The Economist calls itself a newspaper. However, most evidence points to a magazine:
Does this article have the information I need?
Test for relevance before you take notes:
Always check: Does this add something new to my research?
How do I evaluate an article's currency?
Check the date of publication.
Tip: The most recent article isn't necessarily better or more correct. However, by noticing dates and sources, you can track a controversy across a period of time and/or from various perspectives.
How do I evaluate a contributor's authority?
A contributor's expertise and credentials should relate to your subject. A credible author may:
How do I evaluate an article's credibility?
Fact-check: Verify the accuracy of the evidence.
Corroborate: Compare information from different media (e.g., journals, reports, newspapers, blogs) to gather diverse viewpoints.
How do I evaluate the author's argument?
Logic: Evaluate the strength of the argument.
What is the author's rhetorical purpose (e.g., persuade, inform, describe)?
How does this source fit?
How do I cite a magazine article?
Gather elements for your citation from the database record or print magazine.