Indexes tell you who published what - and give you citations with the information you need to find or order the article.Indexes do not always give you the full text.
Scholarly Journals and Popular Magazines/Newspapers
- Authors are scholars or researchers in their fields.
- Authors cite their sources in footnotes, endnotes, and bibliographies.
- Articles must go through a peer-review process.
- Articles usually report original scholarly research.
- Authors use the specialized language or jargon of the discipline.
Popular Magazines (Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone)
- Authors are free lance writers or magazine staff members.
- Authors may mention sources, but rarely cite them in notes or bibliographies.
- There is no peer review process. Articles are reviewed by editors or publishers.
- Articles are meant to inform and entertain an educated audience.
- Language is written for the general adult audience (no specialized jargon).