Answered By: Lynn VanLeer
Last Updated: Jul 13, 2016     Views: 22221

The term popular press refers to material written for the general public.  This is opposed to scholarly material written for an academic or research audience, or trade material written for an industry audience.  Most popular press materials are newspaper and magazine articles.  

The following table shows examples of popular press, trade, and scholarly materials.

Popular Press:




Time, Newsweek, etc.


New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, etc.                                                             

Does not include:

Tabloids/Gossip magazines

Trade journals:

Chronicle of Higher Education

Wall Street Journal




Peer-reviewed journals:

American Journal of Nursing

Educational Leadership

Psychological Bulletin


The ProQuest Central database contain popular press materials. 

To find popular press materials in ProQuest Central:

1.  From the Library website, click the Search & Find .

2.  Click on the Newspapers & Magazines link.

3.  Click the ProQuest Central  link in the Search by Topic box.  

4.  Type your keywords into the search boxes, for example:

First Search Box:  healthcare 

Second Search Box:  privilege

5.  Scroll down to the Search Options.  Verify the Full Text box is checked.

6.  Under the area labeled More Search Options, in the  Source Type box, check Magazines and Newspapers.


7.  Click the Search button.

Note: By default the database displays the search results by relevance.  You may find it useful to view the results by date.  Use the Sort results by section in the right column to change the sort order.

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Watch a video showing a search for popular press articles in ProQuest Central:

Video: Locating popular press articles

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