It is important that you are able to tell the difference between scholarly journal articles and popular magazine articles. Use the chart below to learn more about each type so you can better determine which meets your research needs.
This is another document that will help you learn how to distinguish between popular magazines and newspapers, professional, trade and industry periodicals, and scholarly, academic and peer-reviewed articles.
Burkhardt, J.M. & MacDonald M.C. (2010). Taxonomy of periodicals. Teaching Information Literacy.