Magazines & Newspapers: Called popular periodicals, they are written by staff writers and report current events and news for general readers.
Trade publications: Often written by and for specialists in an industry or business activity (e.g. accounting, HR, sales), they often report trends or offer practical applications or tips for those in the field.
Journals: Often called scholarly or academic and written by practitioners, theorists & educators, they report experimental and/or theoretical research. Peer-review: Experts in the field may review articles before publication.
If in doubt, ask your professor what kinds of periodicals s/he prefers you to use for the assignment.
Business Source Complete, our largest business and management article database, offers primarily scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles from a variety of publications. It is often the best place to start searching for articles. Here's a brief (2-page PDF document) tip sheet on how to get started with a search:
Search the Journal / magazine / newspaper A-Z list to discover if the periodical you seek is one of more than 25,000 titles available full-text online or from the library in print.
Check here to find national and local newspaper articles on a company or the associated industry or people (e.g. owners, CEO, board members).
If you are not in Missouri, check with your public library for access to local newspapers.