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Library Research Tutorial for AU Scholars: 2c) Trade / Professional Sources

How do I know if a source is from a trade / professional publication?

Trade or professional sources are written for an audience of professionals in the field. They may resemble scholarly journal articles or popular magazine / newspaper articles. Some library databases will include scholarly, popular, and trade sources, so you'll want to be able to tell the difference between the three.

When would I want to use a trade/professional journal?

Test: Trade 1

Explore the image below -- mouseover the targets to learn more about the anatomy of a trade publication. This example uses an article from a trade journal, but the characteristics discussed also apply to some magazines, and newspapers.

Callari, James J. "Making Old Bags New Again." Plastics Technology (2012): 36-41. Academic Search Premier. Web. 30 Jan. 2013.