Journals are published regularly which means the
content is very up-to-date in comparison with books. They are sometimes
known as periodicals.
Even with a particular
subject journals may be either general (such as the New Law Journal) or
more specific (for example Criminal Law Review)
are several different types of journal. Some trade magazines may simply
include news items. Other journals may be issued by a society or
institution and contain news, proceedings, transactions and reports of
work carried out in a particular field.
Scholarly journals may be
peer-reviewed, which means that subject specialists have read an
article and considered that it is of a suitable academic standard. This
means you are assured that you are reading quality information. Some
databases will permit you to limit your search to peer-reviewed