Articles are important in academia. An article is a piece of writing on a particular topic published by a journal, magazine, or newspaper. There are three common types: scholarly, trade, and popular articles. This guide explains the differences between each type.
Known as: Peer-reviewed or academic articles
Purpose: To share in-depth, primary research
Author(s): PhDs or Scholars
Characteristics: Contains abstracts, charts/graphs, citations, and works cited or bibliography. Few advertisements.
Known as: Professional articles
Purpose: To share industry information
Length: 2+ pages
Author(s): Practitioners, professionals
Characteristics: Glossy paper, few citations, moderate advertisements
Known as: Magazine articles
Purpose: To entertain or inform
Audience: Popular, general
Length: 1+ pages
Characteristics: Glossy paper, eye-catching photos, heavy advertisements