What is a periodical?
Newspapers, newsletters, magazines and journals are periodicals.
Periodicals are also classified as scholarly or popular. Newspapers, newsletters, and magazines are viewed as popular; journals are the only periodical considered scholarly.
Some popular periodicals are better than others. Cornell University categorizes popular periodicals as substantive, popular, and sensational. When using popular periodicals try to use substantive or serious periodicals.
Using periodicals in your research
The IRIS tutorial will help you understand what type of periodical to use, when articles are an appropriate information source, and how to locate articles.
In the IRIS Explore Sources module these sections are helpful.
- Information types
- Magazines and journals
In the IRIS Find Information module these modules will assist you in learning to find credible and relevant articles.
- Periodical Indexes
- Boolean operators
The majority of periodicals in Thigpen Library are located in our databases, but there are a few in print and microfilm formats.