Popular magazines are often characterized by their glossy pages, color photos, and extensive advertising. They are written for a more general audience, don't go through a peer-review editing process, but can still be a valuable source for some class assignments, keeping up with current events or advances in a field, or gaining background knowledge. The library subscribes to many magazines and databases that track articles in magazines.
Facsimile formats allow you to browse and read popular magazines as they were printed, page by page, with full images and advertisements, not just the text of articles available in many databases.
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