What is a Magazine?

Magazines may be referred to as popular press publications because articles are often written by journalists, who gather information from various sources and synthesize it into their stories or reports. Although a journalist may specialize in a particular type of reporting, journalists are not usually scholars. The audience for articles in magazines is usually the general public.

Articles in magazines are often a good way to gain an overview of your topic, but will seldom give full information on where the author found the information included. That is, a bibliography of sources is generally not included.

Some examples of magazines (among many others) that might have information on our example topic include:

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