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Information Literacy guide for students and faculty of Lehigh Carbon Community College.
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  • Publications (magazines, trade, journals) issued at regular, or somewhat regular, intervals - weekly, biweekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.
  • Good sources of up-to-date information on topics
  • Published by trade or professional associations, university presses, government agencies, commercial publishers, private corporations, and others




  • Latest issues are in the open Periodical area of the library's Upper Level
  • Older issues are in the Media Resource Room, LB 109
  • Thousands of electronic periodicals, including the New York Times newspaper back to 1851 and Allentown's Morning Callback to 1984, are available in the library's online databases.


Magazines (Examples: Sports Illustrated, Time)
  • Written for a general audience, with no degree or experience necessary
  • Authors rarely provide citations for the sources of their information
  • Authors often do not have advanced college degrees and experience
  • Often contain advertisements from marketers

Trade Journals (Examples: Childhood Education, Computer Graphics World)

  • Focus on information and news related to a particular trade or industry
  • Vocabulary is specialized but less formal and technical than a scholarly journal
  • Contain articles about scholarly research, new practices, people in the field, product information, etc.
  • Authors often have advanced college degrees
  • Often contain advertisements for products and services related to this trade or industry

Scholarly Journals (Examples: Child Development, Crime & Delinquency, Journal of Pediatric Nursing)

  • Periodicals published for professionals in a particular career field
  • Vocabulary and writing style are formal and scholarly
  • Often include in-depth analyses of topics and original articles about research, includes an abstract, method, results, conclusion(s), and a list of references
  • Their authors, peer-reviewers, and editorial boards are specialists in that career field and check for accuracy and quality
  • Mention of the authors' credentials (degrees and/or employment)
  • Few or no photographs or advertisements

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