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Evaluating Specific Resources

General Interest Publications

General Interest Publications

These sources are aimed at non-specialized audiences. No background knowledge or expertise is assumed about the audience.  Examples of these publications include National Geographic, Vanity Fair, Reader's Digest, etc.

General Interest Publication Evaluation Points

Click this link and take a few minutes to bowse this PG Library general interest article. Pay attention to the information on the detailed record page, including Author, Source, and Abstract, as well as the HTML or PDF links on the left side of the screen.

Things to consider: 

  • Author/AuthorityArticles written by staff or freelance writers. By-lines and affiliations may or may not be provided.
  • Appearance/Content: Glossy, color photographs. Contains current events and special features.
  • Audience: Written for the general public.
  • Citations: Articles seldom contain footnotes and/or bibliographies.
  • Publisher: Generally for-profit

After browsing this item, would this general interest article by a good source for your academic research? If answering no, then you may want to consider an alternate source. 

General article detailed record for The Literacy of Long-form Thinking. The author is highlighted: James Patterson.  The source is highlighted: TIME Magazine. 10/24/2016, Vol. 188 Issue 16/17, p77-77. 1p. 1 Color Photograph.  The abstract is highlighted.  Here is the abstract:  The author reflects on literacy skills and the social importance of reading. Emphasis is given to topics such as a survey from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on the reading habits of first-time voters, the impact of online social media on attention spans and our capacity for distraction, and judging issues based on accuracy and substance.