Periodicals aimed at a general
or nonprofessional audience. Published frequently (usually weekly
or biweekly), they cover everything from news and entertainment (Time,
Rolling Stone), to amateur science (Sky & Telescope),
to recreation and hobbies (Runner's World).
- Source for background on significant events, including names, dates, interviews,
- Popular perspectives on the social impacts of research
- Perspectives of particular groups (review the Research 101 page on primary sources, e.g. Ms. Magazine on feminism.)
- Reviews of popular literature, art, and film
- Easily located at libraries, newsstands, and bookstores
- May be used for clues even when not cited in final paper
- Be wary of bias; objectivity is a myth. What do you know about the publisher? Does the publication have an editorial slant? Who is responsible for content?
- Target audience: General public
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