What are Trade Journals?

What are 'trade journals'?

Carpenter MagazineTrade Journals (also sometimes called "Industry Publications" or "Professional Magazines/Newsletters" are publications that connect people in a particular professional field with information specifically useful for that profession. For example, the magazine Carpenter publishes news, summaries of recent research, and best practice guidelines for carpentry professionals.

Trade articles are good to keep people in a particular field of work (veterinarians, police officers, hotel managers, advertisers...etc.) up-to-date on trends in their line of work.  Articles often summarize and analyze findings from scholarly research.

Features of a Trade Journal

Audience: Written for industry professionals.

Author/Authority: Articles written by staff writers, though the magazine may sometimes accept articles from industry professionals.

Citations: Occasionally list references at the end of the article or provide footnotes within the text.

Content: Includes current events and special features within a particular profession or industry.

Frequency: Usually published biweekly or monthly.

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Finding News & Trade Articles in ProQuest

Use the library database ProQuest to search for articles in newspapers and trade journals. Here's a screen shot with step-by-step instructions on searching news and trade articles in ProQuest:


Searching ProQuest for news and feature articles

Construction Trends Articles from the Seattle Times (local newspaper)

Can't read the article at the Times website? Try KCLS for free access!

  • See the "How to find full-text Seattle Times articles" tab for details on finding the article in KCLS's online collection. 
  • The "How to log in at KCLS" tab shows you how you can read online articles for free at King County Libraries website using a special GRC student login.

Finding Seattle Times articles

Visit King County Library's online Seattle Times Newspaper Collection (listed alphabetically under "S" in the "Online Databases" page on KCLS' site) and search out the first part of the article you are looking for.


  • The article titles will often be different between the Seattle Times website and what shows up in the "newsprint edition" (which is what King County has access to)!

Try searching a keyword (or multiple keywords) on the article's topic and look for roughly the same date as the website version in your results. The match may not be exactly the same date, but you can often find the article published near the date for the web version:

  • In this example, I found an article on home renovations on the Seattle Times website, dated "March 8, 2024." In the KCLS collection, the same article was published in the print newspaper on March 10, 2024:

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screenshot from the KCLS Seattle Times database showing the article that was published in the paper on March 10

You can also find articles quickly by searching the reporter / date or the article's first sentence as 'keywords' if you can find these: 

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screenshot of a Seattle Times news article on its website titled "A higher monthly payment, but less square footage"

screenshot of the KCLS Seattle Times collection showing a full text result for a search of the first sentence, not the title, of an article

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Accessing KCLS Subscriptions for Free

As a student at Green River College, you automatically have access to online library resources at King County Library System. 
Here's how to log in:
  • To Log in: use GRC + your student username. (The part before the @ in your GRC email.)
  • Example KCLS GRC username (email BEFORE the '@'):
    • If "Slater Gator" has a student email: '', then the KCLS GRC username is: GRCGator.Slater
  • KCLS PIN number: your pin is the last four characters of your log in username. Example:
    • Example PIN for 'Slater Gator' (last 4 of username above): 'ater'

Suggested Article Databases

Good for locating trade & news articles generally

Use your GRC email and email password to sign on to these online databases.

Specialized Databases

For even more resources, try: