ENGL 102: Research: General Interest and Popular Magazines

Guide for students and instructors of English 102 on how to use the library and find resources


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General Interest Magazines

  • Aimed at educated, non-specialized audience.
  • No background knowledge or expertise is assumed about the audience
  • Articles written by journalists, free-lance writers or staff writers
  •  Often sources not cited
  •  Published on a weekly or monthly basis.
  •  Often author’s credentials are not cited
  •  Usually no citations
  •  Contain color advertising/glossy paper
  •  Published by a commercial enterprise or professional organization 

Examples of general interest magazines include National GeographicThe Atlantic, or The Economist

Popular Magazines

  • Almost exclusively for entertainment purposes
  • Sources rarely cited
  • Articles very short
  • Often unsigned or the author’s credentials are not cited
  • No citations
  • Mass appeal to the public
  • Contain color advertising/glossy paper
  • Published by a commercial enterprise 

Examples of popular magazines include GQCosmopolitan, and Sports Illustrated

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