Magazine articles

Magazines publish articles on topics of popular interest and current events. The articles are written by journalists and are for the general public. Advertisements usually help keep the cost reasonable for the average consumer.

Magazines, like journals and newspapers, are called periodicals because they are published at regular intervals throughout the year. Most are published bi-weekly or monthly.

Some magazines are written for practitioners or professionals of an applied field and are called trade magazines. Although trade magazines may be specialized, they do not usually include theoretical concepts or reports of original research, and therefore are not considered scholarly journals.

Use a Magazine...

  • to find information or opinions about popular culture.
  • to find up-to-date information about current events.
  • to find general articles written for people who are not necessarily specialists, theorists, or researchers in the topic area.

Examples of Magazines:

  • Ebony
  • PC World (trade magazine)
  • Popular Mechanics (trade magazine)
  • Rolling Stone
  • U.S. News and World Report

If you are still unsure about the difference between magazines and journals, click here for a WSU Libraries handout that compares the two.