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Research Issues in Your Career: Trade Journals / Trade Publications

What topics and challenges are being discussed by professionals in your field of study? Use this guide to explore what you might find as you graduate from WSU and enter the working world.

Types of Periodicals (Ulrich's)

What types of periodicals do you see below?  Which ones are tradeacademic? popular? newspaper?

Click on each of the covers below, and review the information that pops up.

Links to the Ulrich's record can be found on any FindIt menu.

What is a "trade journal?"

Copied directly from Wikipedia: "A trade journal or trade magazine is a periodical, magazine  or publication printed with the intention of target marketing to a specific industry  or type of trade/business. The collective term for this area of publishing is the trade press.

Trade journals typically contain advertising content focused on the industry in question with little if any general-audience advertising. They also generally contain industry-specific job notices, a highly pertinent aspect to many readers.  [1] Many trade publications can also be considered newsmagazines with a very specific topical focus.

In some instances, the boundary between trade publication and peer-reviewed  journal has blurred. One such example is BioTechniques, which contains peer-reviewed technical reports and technology reviews while containing heavy advertising content, a significant proportion of the articles being authored by or in collaboration with vendors who advertise in the same issue."

Finding Trade Journals

These article indexes are some of the best you can search for articles from trade journal publications.  However, you may want to explore the WSU Libraries' subject guides for more ideas.

Periodical Type Examples (Jimi Hendrix)


Below you see links to different articles which focus on the late Jimi Hendrix. 

Which article(s) is from a scholarly journal?  a trade journal?  a popular publication?  How can you tell?

Click on the links below.  A new window will open with the article citation and abstract.  Review the article abstract, then open either the .PDF or .HTML file and look at the full text.

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