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Books v. Journals in the Social Sciences: Getting Started

The differences between books and journals, especially in the age of ejournals and ebooks, in the Social Sciences

Why do I need to know the difference?

  1. Your professors often require you to use a certain number of journal articles or books.
  2. Different publication process
  3. Different information in each
  4. Different respect given to each (depending on academic field)

In the Olden Days: Differences were Obvious in Print

It was easy to see the differences.

Currently: eBooks and Journals Look Similar

Not so easy now.

This is a book

This is a journal