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The College English I Workbook is an ENG 105 assignment worth 15% of your grade. This guide contains information from the workbook's eight chapters, minus the self-check questions.
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Periodicals & Online Databases

Important Terms

 abstract         a summary of an article or other work

 archives        previous issues

 citation          information necessary to locate an article; often the author, title, source, date, pages

 database        a file of related information on a particular subject, such as an address book, a personnel file, or a periodical index

 excerpt          a passage taken word for word from another literary work

 full text          the entire text (paragraphs) of a work

 index             a locator of information, such as book & computer indexes that indicate where to find particular information

 issue             a single copy of a periodical, such as today's New York Times newspaper

 journal          a periodical that often contains recent research & intended for professionals in a particular career field, such as physical therapy, criminal justice, or mathematics

 magazine      a periodical, often written for the general public

 online           connected to another computer, often by a telephone line, television cable, or wireless network

 peer review    a system in which experts in a particular field read & approve the accuracy, currency, & other standards of articles before they are published; these journals are sometimes referred to as "refereed"

 periodical      a publication issued at regular, or somewhat regular, intervals such as a newspaper, magazine, trade publication, or journal

 primary source  information provided by its original researcher or observer

 references     sources of information used in preparing a scholarly article

reprint     a reissue of a publication, possibly in a new format, such as an electronic copy in a database

 research article      details of a careful investigation to find new facts about a topic

 secondary source  information based on a primary source; second-hand information

trade publication a magazine for people in a particular career field, such as physical therapy, criminal justice, or mathematics

 transcript          a written record of words spoken in court proceedings, a speech, or a broadcast

 volume one year's worth of issues for a periodical 


Periodicals - Definition


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


  •  Latest issues are in the open area of the library's upper level
  •  Older issues are in the Media Resource Room, LB 109, on the left side of the library's upper level
  •  Thousands of electronic periodicals from the past decade or two, including the New York Times newspaper back to 1851 and Allentown's Morning Call (1984-present), are available in the library's online databases


Types of Periodicals


  • Periodicals written for a general audience, with no degree or experience necessary
  • Their authors rarely provide citations for the sources of their information
  • Their authors often have a general education rather than a specialized college degree and experience
  • They often contain advertisements from marketers

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
  • Their vocabulary is specialized but less formal and technical than a scholarly journal
  • Contain articles about scholarly research, new practices, people in this field, product information, etc.
  • Their authors often have one or more college degrees in this career field
  • They often contain advertisements for products and services related to this trade or industry

Examples: Childhood Education, Computer Graphics World, Restaurant Business

Scholarly Journals

  • Scholarly/professional periodicals published for professionals in a particular career field such as preschool teachers, criminal investigators, or pediatric nurses
  • Their vocabulary and writing style are formal and scholarly
  • Often include in-depth analyses of topics and original articles about research, including an abstract, method, results, conclusion, and a list of references
  • Authors, peer-reviewers, and editorial boards are specialists in that career field, often with PhDs, and check for accuracy and appropriateness

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
    • Mention of the authors' credentials (degrees and possibly employment)
    • Few or no photographs or advertisements


Online Databases


  • An online database is a collection of information, such as periodical articles, that is searchable and available over the Internet
  • Online databases give you the documents that match the words and conditions you specify
  • Articles in databases might be in their original electronic format or might have been published first in a paper issue, in which case their electronic form is considered a reprint


  • Most of our library's online databases are paid subscriptions; therefore, they are not part of the free World Wide Web
  • Off-campus, their use is limited to LCCC students and employees
  • Often, the database provides the full text of a document, however:
    • For some documents, they provide only citations
    • For other documents, they provide a citation plus an abstract
  •  Sometimes the databases contain other documents, such as book excerpts, government documents, television news transcripts, and photographs 
  • To determine if the full text of a particular periodical article is available in one of our databases, go to the library's web site, click on START YOUR RESEARCH HERE, and then on Full-Text Periodicals: E & Print (read more about this in the next chapter)


  • If you clicked on Check Library Account from within myLCCC, click on Databases A-Z (under Find Articles & More)
  • If you are at, click on START YOUR RESEARCH HERE and then on Databases A-Z


Online Databases - Examples

In myLCCC, click on Check Library Account, click on Databases A-Z (under Find Articles & More) or

at, click on START YOUR RESEARCH HERE and then on Databases A-Z.



Access Science


Biographies Plus Illustrated

Business Source Complete

Career & Technical Education

Country Watch

CQ Researcher (Congressional Quarterly)

CQ Weekly

Criminal Justice Periodical Index

ebrary (ebooks)

EBSCO (general purpose)

Encyclopedia Britannica

ERIC (education)

Facts on File

Films on Demand

General Science Full Text

Health & Wellness Resource Center

Health Source: Nursing

History Resource Center

LexisNexis Academic

Literature Online

Literature Resource Center

MedlinePlus (health – general purpose)

Military & Government

Morning Call

NetLibrary (ebooks)

New York Times


OCLC First Search (general purpose)

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

Oxford Reference Online

Professional Development (education)

ProQuest  (general purpose)

ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source



Psychology & Behavioral Sciences

PubMed (health – professional level)

Religion & Philosophy

Safari Books Online (ebooks)


Vocational & Career

Wall Street Journal



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