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Scholarly Journals vs Magazines/Trade Journals

What is the difference between scholarly/academic/peer reviewed journal articles and magazines or trade journals??
Look for the following to identify an academic or peer reviewed journal article:

  • written by expert in field (a professor or other academic)
  • authors are not paid to publish their research
  • conducts research study or builds on another's research
  • article contains abstract, summarizing research
  • cites sources, contains references and bibliography
  • academic journals are not in the business to make money; magazines and trade journals are

For more information, take a look at this site:

Research Database for Finding Articles

Search these databases to find scholarly articles, academic articles or peer-reviewed articles.  The terms may be different but the meaning is the same.  Databases are listed in order of usefulness to the Exercise and Sport Science discipline.

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