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Periodicals: overview

find articles in magazines, newspapers, and journals

What is a periodical?

magazines displayed on rack A periodical is a source of information that is issued at regularly recurring intervals, such as monthly, weekly or quarterly. Periodicals include newspapers, news wires, magazines, trade journals (a special type of magazine), and academic (scholarly peer reviewed) journals.

This guide introduces the different types of periodicals, when to use them, and how to find them in the library.

The Periodicals tab categorizes periodicals and describes the best ones for college assignments. There are resources to help you find and use periodicals. On the Scholarly Articles tab is general information about scholarly articles, video and other resources to help you, and links to find scholarly journals.

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The purpose of this guide is to inform users about using periodicals for their college assignments and link them to appropriate sources.