Use this guide to evaluate if the following types of articles are appropriate for specific academic assignments:

  • Academic journal articles
  • Popular magazine articles
  • News articles
  • Social media articles and posts

This guide evaluates these sources using the following characteristics:

  • Author/creator
  • Purpose
  • Audience and language
  • Cited references
  • Editorial process
  • Publisher
  • Publishing frequency
  • Layout
  • Illustrations, visualizations, advertisements

Consult the following sections by individual source and download this document to compare all sources:

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