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Trade information

Subject information is specialist information in a certain field. The content focuses on practical applications and is written for professional practice. The language used varies from simple to complex but is always aimed at the professional field.

Examples of subject-specific magazines . You can also use subject-specific databases such as

Scientific information

Scientific information is published in scientific journals or books, often in English. The text has always undergone a quality check in which two or more colleagues from the same field have checked it.

This is called peer review.

A scientific article is structured in the same way:

  • Research question
  • Theoretical framework
  • Research method
  • Result
  • Conclusion

A scientific publication always includes a list of sources.

There are various databases with scientific and professional information.  These may be about a specific subject, such as PubMed, or they may be multidisciplinary, such as Science Direct or Sage Premier. There are also freely accessible websites with scientific information, see NARCIS.

Alongside scientific information there is also popular scientific information. This information is written for people who are not specialists in the field. Think of magazines like

Public information

Public information is information on various subjects and written for a wide audience.

The language is simpler, and sources are not often cited.

Magazines such as Elsevier and websites such as nu.nl are written for the general public. You can use this information but be critical in doing so. (see Reliable sources).