Answered By: Colleen Shaw
Last Updated: Feb 25, 2016     Views: 14

Magazines and journals are both credible sources. 

Visually, magazines tend to have lots of pictures. Journals don't. 
Language in magazine articles is fairly informal while journals articles often have discipline-specific vocabulary.
Google the author. Authors in magazines are usually journalists. Authors in journals are academics with a degree in the area they are studying. 

There is a visual way to know if your search results include magazine or journal articles. If the icon next to the article title says periodical, then the article is from a magazine. If the icon next to the article says journal article, then its a journal article!

If you are ever not sure if the article you are trying to cite is a magazine or a journal article, contact a librarian!