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ENGL 1302 - Instructor Lucille Dominguez: Research Tips and Information

Guide to library resources for researching information on various topics and literature. Includes helpful links to MLA citation rules and examples.


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Magazines vs. Journals

If your instructor ever asks you to find a magazine or a journal, you might be wondering,  What is the difference?


  • Written for a general audience at about the 7th grade level.
  • Articles are usually written by people with Journalism or English degrees.  The author's don't always have a degree in the field they are writing about.
  • Usually have a lot of pictures and advertisements.  The goal of a magazine is to sell magazines, so they put something eye-catching on the cover to get your attention.


  • Contains information and research on a particular field of study. 
  • Articles in journals are written by people who have a degree in that particular or similar field or they have a lot of experience in that area of study.
  • The articles are usually written for the professional and may use technical language.
  • The goals of a journal is to further knowledge in a particular field.
  • Articles usually contain abstracts, graphs, and bibliographies.
  • There are journals for all different types of subjects (Business, Political Science, Nursing, Libraries, Science, History, etc..)
  • Information is more reliable than a magazine because the articles are written by professionals in that field.
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