Article Types: What's the Difference Between Newspapers, Magazines, and Journals?

This guide provides basic characteristics of the various types of articles published in periodicals and draws distinctions between when to use a particular source in a college research paper.

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Types of Articles


One of the key elements to the effective creation of an academic research paper at the university level is the choice of materials to include in the paper. Articles from periodicals will play a central role in any research project, so the choice of appropriate types of articles is critical to the success of the project. There are so many types of publications available to the researcher, that the choice of what to include, alone, can be daunting. This guide aims to provide basic guidance on the primary types of periodical publications available and the characteristics of the articles that they publish.

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