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Leadership Studies Research

Periodical Differences

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A periodical is a publication that is published on a semi-regular basis. An assignment asking for you to utilize scholarly sources will rely on scholarly journals. There are times, however, that you are being asked to report on more popular material. Because much of our information is found online and many of the indicators of what type of source the article comes from has been stripped away by the databases, it is important you can determine the different types of periodicals from each other. Keep in mind, your information needs should always determine the information you seek. 

  • Scholarly journals (also called academic journals, peer-reviewed journal, or refereed journals) contain articles on original research written by experts in a field of study. The purpose of this publication is to present original research to other scholars. 
  • Trade publications (also called trade journals, or professional journals) contain articles written by professionals to further educate or build skills within a particular trade or industry. The purpose of this publication is to provide practical advice to other professionals.
  • Popular magazines contain articles written for a general audience and are typically written by journalists. The purpose of this information is to entertain or inform a general audience.

Multidisciplinary Databases

Discipline Specific Databases

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