Live events, trade magazines, and information

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Summer brings us many concerts, plays, and other live events.  How do professionals in these fields keep abreast of developments?  As do people in many fields, they read their trade magazines.

Though peer-reviewed journals have their place, so do trade magazines.  The two source types serve different functions.   Students may encounter trade magazines in their careers, so let’s expose them to both source types.  Let’s be explicit about what these source types do.  This guide from the University of Texas Libraries and this University of Southern Maine infographic are two good places to start.

Also, let’s keep in mind that source types, including trade magazines, evolve and even hybridize.  Different formats are part of the information creation process (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, Information Creation as a Process section).  Keeping with the live entertainment theme, I’ll use Live Design as an example.  Live Design (2017) has both daily content and a monthly digital magazine.

Think of the different source types  you use in your work.  Think of the different information sources you use in life.


Association of College & Research Libraries. (2016). Framework for information literacy for higher education. Retrieved from ACRL website :

Live Design. (2017). About us.  Retrieved from


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