Books vs. journals, newspapers & magazines
Information can be found in different formats. For your assignments, you should typically consult and cite a mix of books and periodicals (journals, newspapers, and magazines, which are published "periodically"). Knowing the difference between them will help you determine what's best—the most relevant and useful—for your assignment.
Journals, Newspapers and Magazines
|In-depth and broad examination of a topic||May be in-depth but only on a specific topic|
|Longer lag between an event or discovery and a book's publication. As a result...
||Cover recent developments and events with little time lapse. As a result...
|Contain original research that may cover multiple experiments or span several years||Journals have original research and typically focus on one experiment; newspapers and magazines may refer to research studies, but do not contain original research|
|More cumulative coverage of a topic||Limited coverage without much historical overview or context|
|Longer: 100 to several hundred pages||Shorter: a few hundred words (newspaper articles) up to around 30 pages (journal articles)|
|Published once, though revised editions may come out later||Composed of volumes and issues published on a regular basis|
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