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Advanced Information Literacy Module for Hospitality Leadership: Trade Pubs

Trade Publications

Trade Publications, also known as Trade Journals, provide industry-specific news and advertising targeted at those who work in a particular profession or trade.

Use a trade journal:

  • to find information on current news, products, and trends within a specific trade or industry
  • to glean practical information within a field from practitioners within that industry

Interactive Tutorials

Use the following interactive tutorials to learn more about the difference between Trade Publications and Scholarly Journals.



Note: The journals tutorial refers to business articles, but Hospitality Leadership articles will follow a similar format.

Examples of Trade Publications

Comparing Trade Periodicals to Scholarly Journals

Scholarly and Professional/Trade Periodicals:

What’s the Difference?






Scholars, researchers, students

Professionals in the field or industry


Credentials provided; usually a scholar or specialist in a particular field; articles often have joint authors.

Professionals in the field; sometimes a journalist with subject expertise.


Graphs, charts & tables; very few advertisements and photographs.

Photographs; some graphs, charts, and advertisements targeted to professionals in the field.


In-depth, very specific information with the goal of scholarly communication; original research

Industry news, trends, and statistics; practical information for professionals working in the field or industry


Academic or scholarly language; Specialized terminology; may require knowledge in subject area

Specialized terminology but not as technical as a scholarly journal

Article Layout

Structured; Includes authors’ credentials, article abstract, goals and objectives, methodology, results, discussion, conclusion, and bibliography.

Usually peer reviewed.

Informal; evidence is drawn from personal experience or common knowledge.


Not peer reviewed; evaluated by editorial staff.


Required. Quotes and facts are used to support research.

Occasional brief bibliographies, but not required.