Journal articles are written by scholars in an academic field. An editorial board reviews articles to decide whether they should be published. Journals that go through this process are called peer reviewed or refereed journals.

Since journals are published at periodic intervals, they are grouped in the category called periodicals. They may be in print format or on the Web as electronic journals.

Use a Journal...
  • when doing scholarly research to find out what has been studied on your topic.
  • to find bibliographies that point to other relevant research.
Examples of Journals:
  • Journal of Abnormal Psychology
  • The Historian
  • Journal of American Medical Association

If you are still unsure about the difference between magazines and journals, visit What is a scholarly journal? on the Good Library website