Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

AVIA 490 Aviation Capstone Research: Academic, Trade, News Publications

Trade Publications

What are 'trade journals'?

" " photo of an issue of Aviation Week, a leading trade journal in the fieldTrade 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 Aviation Week & Space Technology publishes news, summaries of recent research, and best practice guidelines for aviation, aerospace, and defense 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 Publication

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.

Suggested Article Databases

Good for locating trade & news articles generally

Specialized Databases


For even more resources, try:

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