Books and Journal Articles
A mix of books and journal articles will make up the majority of the sources you use for your paper. Knowing the difference between the two will help you understand the benefits of both.
What are Journals?
A journal is a scholarly publication containing articles written by researchers, professors and other experts. Journals focus on a specific discipline or field of study and are published on a regular basis (monthly, quarterly, etc.). Like newspapers and magazines, journals are also called periodicals or serials.
Unlike newspapers and magazines, journals are intended for an academic or technical audience, not general readers.
The Differences between Books and Journals
|In-depth and broad examination of a topic||May be in-depth but only on a specific topic|
|Longer lag between an event or discovery and a book’s publication. As a result…
||Cover recent developments and events with little time lapse. As a result…
|Contain original research that may cover multiple experiments or span several years||Journals have original research and typically focus on one experiment.|
|More cumulative coverage of a topic||Limited coverage without much historical overview or context|
|Longer: 100 to several hundred pages||Shorter: up to around 30 pages|
|Published once, though revised editions may come out later||Composed of volumes and issues published on a regular basis|