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COMM 390 - Business Writing


Scholarly journals (also called academic or peer-reviewed journals) offer high quality and thorough analysis, but are not always useful for researching very new industry trends or issues:

  • authors are academics and are always identified
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    David Lam Library Journals

  • articles are research-intensive and discipline-specific
  • bibliographies are always present
  • lengthy publication process


Trade journals are good sources of industry-specific information:


  • authors are industry experts or practioners
  • they offer industry or trade information
  • articles can be factual or anecdotal


Popular journals are written to provide information to a broad audience:


  • authors are professional journalists
  • authors may or may not be identified
  • readers do not require specialized knowledge or vocabulary


SFU Library has developed a useful comparison chart defining Scholarly, Popular and Academic journals.