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Nutrition 101 Research Guide: Determining Which Articles are Appropriate

Why it is important to know the difference.

Selecting the best information often depends on your source.  As a student you are asked to provide reliable information.  Use the Evaluating Web Pages tab because the criteria is very much the same.

Features of a Trade Journal Article

Trade Publications

·        Discuss practical information and concerns in a particular industry

·         Contain business news, product information, advertising, trends in technology, and law

·         Are targeted at the professionals in that industry, or students researching that industry

·         Articles are written by experts in the field for other experts in the field

·         Articles use specialized jargon of the discipline

·         Often include colorful illustrations and advertisements

·         Publication does not involve a peer review process

·         Sources are sometimes cited, but articles do not usually include footnotes or a bibliography

·         Are typically published weekly or monthly

Examples of Trade Journals:

·         Nutrition News

·         Nutrition Forum

Features of a Scholarly Article

Scholarly Journals

 ·         Report original research or experimentation, often in specific academic disciplines

·         The targeted audience is the scholarly researcher, faculty, and students

·         Articles are written by experts in the field, and are signed

·         Articles often use specialized jargon of the discipline, and assume a familiarity with the subject

·         Illustrations are few, and support the text, typically in the form of charts, graphs, and maps

·         Often do not include advertisements.  Any advertisements included would be intrusive

·         Articles must undergo the peer review process prior to publication

·         Articles usually include footnotes or bibliographies to other sources, using a standardized citation format

 

Examples of Scholarly Journals:

·         Nutriton Reviews

·         Journal of Nutrition Education & Behavior

·         Food and Nutrtion Sciences


Features of an Article in a Popular Magazine

Popular Magazines

·         Cover news, current events, hobbies, or special interests

·         Are targeted at the general public, and available to a broad audience

·         Articles are usually written by a member of the editorial staff or a free lance writer

·         The language of the articles is geared for any educated audience, and does not assume familiarity with the subject area

·         Include many illustrations, often with large, glossy photographs and graphics for an aesthetically pleasing    appearance

·         Publication does not involve a peer review process

·         Sources are sometimes cited, but articles do not usually include footnotes or a bibliography

·         Are typically published weekly or monthly

 

Examples of Popular Magazines:

·         Better Homes and Gardens

·         Prevention

·         Better Nutrition

 

 

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