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Definition & Locations


  • Publications (newspapers, magazines, trade publications, journals, etc.) issued at regular, or somewhat regular, intervals
  • Good sources of up-to-date information on a special topic
  • Published by university presses, government agencies, commercial publishers, private corporations, trade and professional associations, and others




  • The latest issues of magazines and newspapers are in the open area of the library.
  • Older issues are located in the Media/Periodicals room on the left side of the library's upper level.
  • Thousands of electronic periodicals from the past decade or two, plus the New York Times newspaper back to 1851, are available in the library’s online databases. Many articles from Allentown’s The Morning Call newspaper (1994-present) are available online.

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Types of Periodicals


  • Periodicals written for a general audience with no degree or experience necessary
  • Writers often have a general education rather than a specialized degree and experience
  • Authors rarely provide citations for the sources of their information
  • Examples:   Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Time, U.S. News & World Report



Trade Publications

  • Periodicals that focus on information and news related to a particular trade or industry
  • Specialized vocabulary, but less formal and technical than a scholarly journal
  • Articles about scholarly research, new practices, people in this field, product information
  • Examples:   Childhood Education, Computer Graphics World, Restaurant Business



Scholarly Journals

  • Scholarly/professional periodicals published for professionals in a particular discipline such as preschool teachers, criminal investigators, or pediatric nurses
  • Formal, scholarly vocabulary and writing style
  • Writers, peer-reviewers, and editorial boards are specialists in that discipline and check for accuracy and appropriateness
  • Often include in-depth analyses of topics and lengthy, original research that includes an abstract, method, results, conclusion, and references
  • Examples:   Child Development, Crime & Delinquency, Journal of Pediatric Nursing
  • Some or all of the following features:
    • Issues designated by volumes (usually a new number begins each Jan. or Sept.) and
    • Issue numbers (beginning with a “1” for the first issue of each volume)
    • Continuous paging
    • Research articles with abstracts

      ·         Mention of the authors' credentials (degrees and possibly employment)

·         Lists of references at the end of articles

·         Few or no photographes or advertisements

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Online Databases

An online database is a collection of information, such as periodical articles, that is searchable and available over the Internet. For more information, go to the Databases page.

Obtain an Article from Another Library

If LCCC's library does not own the book or periodical article you want, we will try to obtain it for you from another library through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Please check for the availability of the book or periodical article in LCCC's library collection before submitting an ILL form.

>Book request form 

>Periodical Article request form 

>Frequently Asked Questions about ILL

Students will be notified in their LCCC student email or by phone when the book or photocopy arrives. It may be picked up at the Schnecksville library upper level Service Desk unless you indicated an alternate pickup location field on your request form. Some photocopied articles will be sent directly to your LCCC email.

There is a limit of 10 requests in process at the same time for students. 

Generally, books from Pennsylvania libraries usually arrive in 2 to 7 days; out-of-state books take longer. Articles often arrive as electronic documents within 1 to 4 days.  Postal delivery of articles adds a few more days. Allow enough time for your research needs since some books might take 3 weeks to arrive. The peak demand time for ILL requests is in the middle of each semester, so plan ahead during this time.


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