What is a journal?
A journal is like an academic magazine where scholars have written articles about their research.
What is the difference between a book and a journal article?
A book is a longer, and a usually more comprehensive text on a subject.
Journal articles are shorter, and more specific. They are published more frequently and so have more up-to-date information than books do.
Why use journals?
- They are usually more up to date than books.
- As most of them have been checked by other academics (i.e. peer reviewed), they are more reliable than general web articles and newspaper articles.
- They are shorter to read than books.