IRIS 42: Information and Research Instruction Suite for two-year colleges

Opinion and Trade Periodicals: The In-Betweens

"Journals of Opinion"

Journals of Opinion are really more like magazines than journals. They're published weekly, and they have color pages and lots of photographs and advertisements. But there are some big differences. Journals of Opinion are geared toward educated readers who, although not experts, are knowledgeable about the issues presented. Articles are longer but still fairly easy to understand.

republican elephantdemocrat donkeyJournals of Opinion typically have a political bias: neutral, conservative, or liberal. Imagine how useful these can be if you need to find opposing viewpoints on a hot topic, like health care, election reform, or government spending.

Examples of "journals of opinion":

Trade Publications

Trade publications are the periodicals you'll use to keep up with the news in your profession. Articles are related to a specific field, but they're typically not research-length or peer-reviewed.

Examples of trade publications:

Trade magazines can add an interesting perspective to some topics. For example, search computer trade magazines for articles about internet security; look to library trade magazines for information about censorship.

Tool for You
Selective List of Liberal & Conservative Periodicals [PDF]

source, political images: animationfactory.com

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