Seeking a road map to the periodical world.
October 7, 2010 11:04 AM Subscribe
What are good resources for magazine/journal literacy, maps of the terrain of the periodical world?
Is there a short, accessible guide to the Wide World of Periodicals that college students could use to get up to speed? Some short rundown of the different sorts of magazines, journals, and topics, complete with the names of the well-known ones in each niche that an educated general reader should have heard of, and would know to look at to find out what people are saying in the various realms of politics, culture, etc.? I feel sure that some smart reference librarian has written such a guide, but don't know where to find it.
Motivation: In a college class on argumentation, I have asked my students to find interesting example arguments in their general reading. But, as it turns out, they sometimes don't know where to look: their existing reading habits often don't range far beyond the NYT, WSJ, Time, Newsweek, perhaps the New Yorker, and a handful of other news outlets. In fact nearly none of them appear to know of the existence of the wide range of political magazines (The Nation or The New Republic), cultural/literary periodicals (NYRB, LRB), general-audience science and scholarly journals (Science, Nature, The American Scholar). Their information-literacy education seems to have covered how to assess the credibility of things once found, but not how to browse before finding something, nor what is out there to be browsed. I'd love to have a resource that they could use as a starting point for their exploration of the library's periodical section, since otherwise its size and unorderedness can be very intimidating.