♦ are usually published daily or weekly;
♦ present news or events that happened within the past day or week;
♦ are written by journalists who may or may not have expertise in the topic of the article;
♦ strive to be unbiased;
♦ are often considered a "primary resource" because it reports the events when they are happening.
♦ are usually published weekly or monthly;
♦ present news or events that happened the previous week or weeks;
♦ provide a more comprehensive view than a newspaper article;
♦ are written by staff writers, journalists, or guest authors;
♦ may have a general political bias;
♦ have lots of advertisements;
♦ often written at lower reading levels to make them more accessible.
♦ are usually published weekly, monthly, or quarterly;
♦ written by practitioners employed in a particular field;
♦ written for other practioners employed in that particular field;
♦ may contain language and jargon specific to a particular field;
♦ often report news in a particular field, or summarize important research in the field;
♦ advertisements are specific to that field and often include related materials or conferences.
Scholarly/Peer Reviewed Journals:
♦ are usually published monthly, quarterly, annually, or sometimes weekly;
♦ often report original research, making them a primary resource;
♦ are VERY specific in nature, NOT a broad overview of a topic.
♦ written by experts in a particular field and include some biographical information on the author including their credentials;
♦ written for other experts in that field;
♦ are rigorously reviewed by a board of other experts ("peer-reviewed") before being chosen for publication;
♦ usually contain a lengthy bibliography of sources used and recommended further reading;
♦ contain view graphics except for graphs or charts.
These databases are mulit-disciplinary with articles from both magazines and scholarly journals. ProQuest also contains articles from newspapers.