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Trade Publications

What is a trade publication?

A trade publication (sometimes called a professional journal) is a journal or magazine written for people who work in a particular profession (teachers, architects, engineers, nurses, etc.). They often (but not always) have the name of the profession in their title. 

How hard are trade publications to read? What are they good for? 

Since trade publication articles are written for people in a profession, they assume some specialized knowledge. However, they are usually not as difficult, specific, or long as peer-reviewed articles (also called "scholarly articles") in academic journals.

The articles are often meant to let readers know, in ordinary language, how something important (a theory, invention, trend, or law, for instance) will affect them as members of their profession. 

How do I find a trade publication article?

Find a database that is relevant to the field you're interested in by visiting the Hostos Library A-Z Database page. You may limit the list to a particular subject, or keep it at All Subjects to see all the databases available. Once you have selected a database, you may filter your results by source type, magazine or trade publications. This filter will ensure you are only looking at an article from a trade publication.

Trade Journal Resources

Recommended Databases with Trade Publications

Trade Journals in Databases | Search Strategies

Strategy One

Databases have source type filters for trade journals which allow you to narrow your search to this specific resource type. Our first strategy is for databases which refer to trade publications as "trade publications." The image below illustrates what this may look like.
 

full screen of database search results with filters
Image 01: Screenshot of a database with "Source Types" and "Trade Publications" encircled. 

Strategy Two

Databases have source type filters for trade journals which allow you to narrow your search to this specific resource type. Our second strategy is for databases which refer to trade publications as "magazines." The image below illustrates what this may look like.
 

gale database full screen with filters
Image 02: Screenshot of a database with the "Showing Results" panel encircled. Inside this panel, "Magazines" is underlined. A note reads, "other ways to filter, too!," and points to the "Filter Your Results panel" with "Document Type" highlighted.