Your instructor has asked you to find a "scholarly journal" or "professional journal" as opposed to a popular magazine. No clear-cut definition can be given but the following are some clues to help you distinguish between them.
A scholarly journal can not be defined by one or two features nor do all features have to be present to make it a journal. Look for a majority of the traits listed above. If in doubt, ask your instructor or a librarian.
|Author||Journalist; layperson. Sometimes author unknown. May be scholar but not in field covered.||Expert, scholar, professor, etc. in field covered. Identified author.|
|Notes||Few or no references or notes||Includes notes and/or research|
|Style||Journalistic, written for average reader||Written for experts, shows research|
|Editing||Reviewed by one or more persons employed by magazine.||Editorial board of outside scholars review articles before publishing.|
|Audience||General public||Scholars or researchers in the field.|
|Ads||Many, often in color||Few or none. If any, usually look for books and other 'scholarly' items.|
|Look||Glossy, many pictures often in color||More sedate look, mostly print.|
|Frequency||Usually weekly or monthly||Usually quarterly or monthly.|
|Contents||Current events; general interest||More specialized; research topics.|
|Indexes||Found in general periodical indexes||Found in subject specialized indexes.|