Journals are always informational and aimed at students, professionals, and researchers. They usually cover information about a very specific field of study or topic (medicine or diabetes, for instance). The articles found in journals tend to be peer-reviewed.
Journals, like magazines and newspapers, are called “periodicals” because they are published at regular intervals–for example, weekly or monthly.
The most common place to find print journals is in academic libraries. Electronic journals are available in online research databases and on the World Wide Web.
Use a Journal
- to find information about the latest research in a given field of study
- to find information pertaining to a particular field of study or topic, written expressly for students, professionals, and other researchers
Examples of Journals
JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association)
American Sociological Review
American Journal of Psychology
Journal of Crime & Justice