Types of Sources

So many choices! Use this guide to determine when to use a book, journal, video, encyclopedia or other sources.

About Magazines

Magazines publish articles on topics of popular interest and current events. The articles are written by journalists and are for the general public.

Use a magazine:

  • to find information or opinions about popular culture
  • to find up-to-date information about current events
  • to find general articles written for people who are not necessarily specialists in the topic area

Commentaries, expert or popular opinions

Characteristics of Magazines

Authors are:

usually staff writers or journalists, often a generalist.

Sources are:

rarely cited, original sources may be obscure.

Articles are:

brief, unless a feature.

They are:

glossy, have graphics and full page advertisements even online.

Find Magazines

  • Use the Journals search to find magazines, such as National Geographic, by title. You can find magazines in online databases, print or microfilm format, or on the web 
  • Magazines have their own websites sites and sometimes they provide earlier, popular articles free. If they charge for articles, check the WPI Journal search to see if WPI subscribes or has access within a database.

Try the following databases to find magazine articles.

How to Cite

Example print magazines reference citation in American Psychological Association (APA) style:

Farooha, R. (2011, December 5). Why China and corporations are alike. Time, 178(22), 22.

Example online magazines reference citation in American Psychological Association (APA) style:

Biba, E. (2009, April) . Iphone philharmonic: The mobile orchestra. Wired, 17(4), 34. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/274385676/133C6E740DE23577D32/1?accountid=29120