Answered By: Ann Hyland
Last Updated: Jun 24, 2015     Views: 63

The easiest way to figure out if a magazine is scholarly, trade, or popular is to look at the audience.

Scholarly - is for academic (experts or researchers).  These are often called Peer-Reviewed/Scholarly.

Trade - is for professionals in a specific industry.

Popular - is for the broader audience (you might find these in the supermarket checkout lines). 

For more information on these types of magazines or journals, see our research guide How-To: Identify Scholarly and Non-Scholarly Periodicals.