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English 301 - Fall 2020 - Prof. Coleman

The Publication Cycle

Types of Journals: Overview



Intended audience

Purpose of article

Author credentials


Academic/Scholarly   Peer Review in Three Minutes

  • Scholarly research/discovery

  • citations to referenced works

  • Analysis, framework, explanations - IMRAD


  • Intended for people who work in a profession or trade.
  • Vocational perspective
  • Examples/evidence...


  • All about opinions and perspectives;
  • Meant to persuade or bolster viewpoints, or meant to spread ideas,
  • Soc/pol/econ/cultural criticism and commentary to start conversations
  • Contemporary view, often policy orientation, examples, perspectives/ arguments, straw men?


  • Mass market publications 
  • Contemporary view
  • Evidence/ examples...

Tabloid -

  • Gossip and celebrities  ;-)
  • Contemporary view
  • Evidence/ examples...

Newspaper  -- “ snapshot in time” - contemporary view - evidence/examples...

Types of Journals: Activity

This will be a sorting activity. For each publication you will select a category at

Extra: Learn about a journal by skimming its website, but there is also a database that will provide information - Ulrich's Global Serials Directory

Answer Key (TBA)

Writing for Your Audience and Publication Type


Writing for Your Audience

In this case, the readers of a magazine

Understanding the Finding and reading academic work ; evaluating and translating it 

Disciplinary Discovery Databases and Activity


Some databases are interdisciplinary, like Academic Search Complete . Its interdisciplinary because it covers so many academic disciplines and fields, but it also includes different types of journals - articles may be from many of the types we've discussed today.

Some databases are disciplinary, like many of those classed by discipline here (this is what we will be looking at)

Other types of databases may be based on format (i.e. newspapers) or provenance (i.e. US government publications)


Activity: Select a disciplinary area that is appropriate for your topic, and then select a disciplinary discovery database (example: I wanted to write about ways to increase voter turnout, so I chose Political Science as my discipline and Worldwide Political Science Abstracts as my database, then I looked for articles about voter turnout, looking for studies that suggested  methods that had been proven to increase voter turnout)


Note: There is a downloadable document in the left margin, Lorena's Reading Matrix, that is a way I help keep track of what I read. I can staple it to each printed -out article, or insert it as the first page if its a PDF.


Extra: Citation Databases

Evaluating Articles (books too!)


This process may help you as well. It's useful for any information source, including books and websites.

A Three-Stage Evaluation Process: Making sure that you identify items that are appropriate for your literature review or other parts of your research proposal:

1.   Aboutness – immediate scan of title and abstract (i.e. is it a research study? How old is the article? Does it look relevant to you? )

2.   Practical Skim– requires longer skim of abstract and actual article – doing it as you find the article may save you time/effort – can also do after you’ve saved/printed the article (hint: if the article lets you see the text as a HTML file, you can skim it more easily that way - but if you decide to download it, be sure to download the PDF version)

  •  Language ; type of article (i.e. peer reviewed versus popular ;  source (i.e country) ; author(s); setting ; date of pub; participants/subjects ; content (topic, variables) ; program/intervention ; research design (i.e. sophisticated quantitative modeling versus qualitative research, i.e. interviews or a survey )
  •  sampling ; date of data collection ; duration of data collection ; funding source

 3.   Going deeper: content and methodological quality, rigor – requires a close read of the research article; things you are learning in your disciplinary classes or in future


Real Life: Searching with Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Search..

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