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EMGT 302 - Introduction to Emergency Management

Spotting the Differences

  Magazines Trade Publications

Scholarly Journals

Note: Not all scholarly journals are peer-reviewed


Includes articles about current events; general interest articles.

Typically easy to read.

Contains articles about a certain business or industry. May include information about trends and new products.


Typically easy to read and contains professional jargon.


Easy to recognize bias. 

Includes articles on research results; reviews of research (review articles); as well as book reviews and editorials*. 

Challenging to read for the general public.

Aims to be objective and may even include a section on Conflicts of Interest.

*Just because the journal is listed as peer-reviewed does not mean that everything in the journal goes through the peer-review process.
Purpose To entertain, inform, or persuade To inform or persuade 

To inform

To share research results and contribute to an ongoing scholarly conversation within the academic community.

Author(s) Staff writers, freelance writers Staff writers, business/industry professionals

Qualified scholars and researchers (including many of your professors).

Authors will typically have their credentials listed or their contact information is available. 

References Typically none May or may not include references.  Will include a bibliography or reference list.  
  • Police; 
  • Newsweek; 
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • FBI: Law Enforcement Bulletin;
  • Police Family News
  • Corrections Today
  • Criminology;
  • Journal of Criminal Justice;
  • The Prison Journal;
  • Theoretical Criminology