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Management & Leadership @ Webster University Library

Types of articles (including peer-reviewed)

examples of journals, trade publications and magazines and scholarly versus popular












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.

Databases for management & leadership articles

For almost any business or management topic, these article databases are a good place to find journal, trade, magazine, and newspaper articles.

Business Source Complete - how to search (2-page tip sheet)

Sample searches

In most databases, either "management" or "leadership" will are very broad terms that will net thousands of results.  Therefore, you may need to think in terms of specific theories of leadership or additional terms to narrow your focus. 

Use the sample searches below for ideas or as a starting point for your research..  

Looking for a specific article or periodical, e.g Harvard Business Review?

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.

Request Books or Articles

For instructions and links to forms, click the link below (U.S., international, and online users):