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Types of Sources

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

About Trade Journals

Trade Journals provide industry-specific news and advertising targeted at those who work in a particular profession or trade,

Use a trade journal:

  • to find information on current news, products, and trends within a specific trade or industry
  • to glean practical information within a field from practitioners within that industry

Characteristics of Trade Journals

Authors are:

usually staff writers or journalists, often with expertise in field.

Sources are:

rarely cited.

Articles are:

brief, unless a feature.

Find Trade Journals

  • Use the Journals search to find trade journals by title. You can find them in print or microfilm format, or on the web. 
  • Many trade journals have their own websites and sometimes they provide popular articles free. 

How to Cite

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

Scott, A. (2011, November 28) . Industry maintains spending on long-range research. Chemical Week, 173 (29), 11.

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

Hood, D. (2011, October 1). Anatomy of a merger. Accounting Today.

For information on additional citation styles, please see the Citing Sources guide.