Journals, ejournals and magazines
Journals and electronic journals will normally contain well-researched and up to date material. They will often provide more up-to-date research than text books which take longer to publish. As with books, articles will often have bibliographies which can direct you to further information. Journals you may come across are slightly different to magazines and can normally be categorised as one of three types of journal.
Academic journals are often quite specialised and will be mainly composed of long articles reporting upon research projects, possibly with some book reviews or letters commenting on previous research. Articles appearing in academic journals will often be peer-reviewed - this means the information you find will often be more reliable as the information it contains will have been checked by other professionals in the field.
Professional journals are similar in most respects to academic journals, but may be more practice oriented. Some may also be less formal than their academic counterparts and may include updates and general information for practitioners in the relevant field. Professional journals may also include some job advertisements for professionals in that field. Some articles which appear in professional journals may have been peer reviewed similar to those in more academic journals.
Trade journals will include a wide range of information specific to the trade sector covered, including product and price information, job advertisements, scientific or technical articles and reports and possibly directory information.
Magazines differ slightly to journals in that their intended audience is more broad, and so the information they contain is often written for anyone to understand and more general in scope. As with trade journals, they may include a lot of advertisements. Their main purpose is to report on current or recent affairs, but they can often have useful information or opinions expressed in them.
Ejournals or electronic journals and emagazines may be either electronic versions of existing print journals, or may be journals which only exist in electronic form and have no print counterpart (such journals may not be refereed and so this is always worth checking). They have similar advantages and disadvantages to those of printed journals, although may sometimes be published quicker than their print counterpart.
Based on original content from University of the West of England (2012) "Types of information". (Accessed: 2 April 2012)