A periodical is a source of information that isissuedatregularlyrecurring intervals, such as monthly, weekly or quarterly. This guide will help you understand the different types of periodicals, when to use them and how to find them.
What is a periodical?
Periodicals can include:
newspapers (including news wires)
Based on content and audience periodicals are categorized as popular or scholarly. Typically, newspapers and magazines are popular periodicals, while academic journals are scholarly periodicals.
Popular periodicals are further categorized as
Substantive: reliable sources of information on events and issues of public concern (i.e. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal)
Popular: reflect the tastes of the general public and are often meant as entertainment (i.e. Sports Illustrated, People, Readers Digest)
Sensational: meant to arouse curiosity and cater to popular superstitions; language is elementary and inflammatory (i.e. National Enquirer, Star)
Use only journals or substantive / serious popular periodicals in your research.
Online edition which is published every weekday. News, information, and job postings for faculty and administrators in colleges and universities. Use your Vol State email address to create an account for complete access to all articles from off-campus.