Popular Magazines

Popular Magazines

Target audience: General public

Periodicals aimed at a general or nonprofessional audience. Published frequently, they cover everything from news and entertainment (Time, Rolling Stone), to amateur science (Sky & Telescope), to recreation and hobbies (Runner's World).

Picture of an issue of Time magazine


Strengths:
  • Source for background on significant events, including names, dates, interviews, photographs
  • Popular perspectives on the social impacts of research
  • Perspectives of particular groups
  • Reviews of popular literature, art, and film
  • Easily located at libraries, newsstands, and bookstores


Considerations:
  • May be used for clues even when not cited in final paper
  • Be wary of bias; objectivity is a myth. What do you know about the publisher? Does the publication have an editorial slant? Who is responsible for content?



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