What Is a Scholarly Journal, versus a Newspaper or a Magazine?
What is a scholarly journal and how is it different from a magazine or newspaper? All three are called periodicals because they are published at periodic intervals throughout the year.
Newspapers are the first draft of history, but are not scholarly.
Magazines are good sources of information or opinions about popular culture or up-to-date information on current events.
Scholarly journals have collections of refereed/peer-reviewed articles written by experts in academic or professional fields.
Such journals are excellent for finding out what has been studied or researched on a topic, and to find bibliographies that point to other relevant sources of information. Please note: the word "journal" is not necessarily in the title of a scholarly publication.