WHAT ARE PERIODICALS?
Publications (magazines, trade, journals) issued at regular, or somewhat regular, intervals - weekly, biweekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.
- Good sources of up-to-date information on topics
- Published by trade or professional associations, university presses, government agencies, commercial publishers, private corporations, and others
- Latest issues are in the open Periodical area of the library's Upper Level
- Older issues are in the Media Resource Room, LB 109
Thousands of electronic periodicals, including the New York Times newspaper back to 1851 and Allentown's Morning Callback to 1984, are available in the library's online databases.
TYPES OF PERIODICALS
Magazines (Examples: Sports Illustrated, Time)
- Written for a general audience, with no degree or experience necessary
- Authors rarely provide citations for the sources of their information
- Authors often do not have advanced college degrees and experience
- Often contain advertisements from marketers
Trade Journals (Examples: Childhood Education, Computer Graphics World)
- Focus on information and news related to a particular trade or industry
- Vocabulary is specialized but less formal and technical than a scholarly journal
- Contain articles about scholarly research, new practices, people in the field, product information, etc.
- Authors often have advanced college degrees
- Often contain advertisements for products and services related to this trade or industry
Scholarly Journals (Examples: Child Development, Crime & Delinquency, Journal of Pediatric Nursing)
- Periodicals published for professionals in a particular career field
- Vocabulary and writing style are formal and scholarly
- Often include in-depth analyses of topics and original articles about research, includes an abstract, method, results, conclusion(s), and a list of references
- Their authors, peer-reviewers, and editorial boards are specialists in that career field and check for accuracy and quality
- Mention of the authors' credentials (degrees and/or employment)
- Few or no photographs or advertisements