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GRNT/SOCY 3267 - Dying, Death, and Bereavement - Dr. Megan Smith

Popular Journals and Magazines

Popular magazines are designed to inform without in-depth analysis.  The content includes entertainment personality profiles and current popular culture articles.  


Magazines are not scholarly sources!

Characteristics of Popular Journals and Magazines

  • Often slick and attractive in appearance with lots of color graphics (photographs, drawings, etc.)

  • These publications do not cite sources in a bibliography. Information is often second or third hand 

  • Articles are usually very short and written in simple language

  • The main purpose of popular periodicals is to entertain the reader

  • Does not require expertise in the field to understand the information