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Periodicals: Magazines, Journals and Newspapers

What are periodicals?

Periodicals are items that are published on a specific date, such as daily, weekly, monthly, and bimonthly.  They include newspapers, magazines, and journals.


  1. Published daily
  2. Short articles


  1. Published weekly or monthly
  2. Shorter articles
  3. Have color pictures and advertising


  1. Published monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly
  2. Long articles
  3. Scholarly
  4. Peer reviewed
  5. Written by professionals in the field
  6. Generally, they have very little advertising or color pictures
  7. Subject focused
  8. Trade journals: may have more advertising and color pictures, may have shorter articles