Trade articles report on trends, new products, and techniques useful to people already in that trade, industry, or profession. The articles are short in length and can supply names, dates, facts and figures, along with quotes. Trade articles are written by people who work in or specialize in a particular trade, industry, or profession, but are not scholars.
When and Why You Should Use Trade Articles:
Remember: Articles in trade publications do not contain original research and are meant to be practical in nature. Their focus is on current trends and issues.
Some of these databases also contain more than just trade journal articles, some scholarly, some popular, even some newswires. But their strength is in their coverage of the trades.
Journal articles -- also known as "scholarly articles," "peer-reviewed articles," or "academic articles" -- are sources that are written and reviewed by scholars; this means the information is approved by other experts before publication.
When and Why You Should Use Journal Articles:
Remember: Journal articles can sometimes feel dense or intense. Look for visual cues (headings, sections, bullets, charts/graphs) within articles to help guide you to relevant information. Need help? Check out this Anatomy of a Scholarly Article tutorial.