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Popular Magazines From the Library: Online Magazines

Provides student with easy access to popular magazines (especially magazines focusing on news and current events) and trade journals for fields relevant to Merritt College's course offerings

Click on the Tabs Above to Find and Read Magazines & Trade Journals That Interest You

Merritt's Library provides students with free online access to many leading magazines and trade journals. For any given magazine students can read articles appearing in the most recent issues as well as in older back issues.  There  are general news magazines (TIME), special interest magazines (Archaeology), and trade journals (Horticulture).

Click on a tab (top of this page) then click on a magazine, click the year, select and click an issue to read all the articles.

An article in a PDF (includes all photos & illustrations but no ads). Articles that are HTML text  can often can be played/streamed as an audio file. Browse around!

Time magazine cover image thumbprintYoga magazine cover image Inc magazine cover History Magazine cover imageHorticulture magazine cover imageArchaeology magazine cover imageSky & Telescope magazine cover image Sound & Vision magazine cover

How Can Popular Magazines Help Students?

Why spend your precious time reading popular magazines and trade journals?

Magazines and Trade Journals:

  • Are designed for a wide audience, can be written to be informative while at the same time enticing, easy to read, and relaxing (a form of escaping the stresses of student life)
  • Can be graphics rich using lots of photos, illustrations, infographics, or charts
  • Support "reading" which is a gateway skill to all academic (and a good deal of life) success
  • Can enhance your jobs knowledge when its a trade journal which is written to convey practitioner focused information in a easy to read manner.

Benefits of casual reading or popular magazines & trade journals relevant to your area of studies:

  • Learn the reliable, and often long established, reputable sources of information for your field 
  • Systematically expose yourself to the leading issues and challenges in your field,
  • Learn of the leading employers, places of employment, industry/market leaders, key regulators, think tanks, research centers, lobbyists, sources of continuing education/training
  • Be regularly exposed to industry calendars, announcements of conferences, meetings, and exhibits for your field (interviewing sessions take place at many conferences)
  • Be exposed to the vocabulary and current jargon of your field (textbooks avoid the use of jargon). Knowing jargon may an advantage when writing your resume or participating in a job interview.
  • Learn of the current topics and issues of interest in your field and recognize thought leaders and influential players.