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Module One: The World of Information

  • News magazines such as: Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report
    • These magazines are aimed at a general, mass consumer audience.
    • They do not require subject familiarity or advanced reading and comprehension levels.
    • Glossy pages, mass consumer advertisements, and photos are prevalent.
  • Opinion magazines such as: New Republic, National Review, Nation, etc.
    • These magazines are aimed at an educated audience, but without assuming any particular scholarly/professional background.
    • Opinion magazines comment on current events and offer a particular viewpoint on world affairs, politics, and cultural matters.
    • Glossy pages, mass consumer advertisements, and photos are prevalent.

  • Popular magazines such as: People, Sports Illustrated, Health, Reader's Guide,Family Circle, Popular Mechanics, McCalls, etc.
    • Most academic libraries do not subscribe to many popular magazines. Instead, you will find a wider variety of popular magazines at public libraries and news stands.
    • No advanced reading and comprehension levels are required to enjoy these magazines which are written for the average consumer.
    • Glossy pages, mass consumer advertisements, and photos are prevalent.
  • Trade/professional journals such as: Progressive Grocer, Police Chief, Automotive News, American Libraries, or Beverage World.
    • These magazines are industry/career specific and designed to keep the practitioner updated on topics and trends in that specific area.
    • Glossy pages, trade specific advertisement, and photos are prevalent.

  • Newspapers such as: Austin American Statesman, New York Times, etc.
    • Like news magazines, newspapers also are written for the general public, contain mass consumer ads, and numerous photos.
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