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Types of Periodicals
What's a periodical?
A periodical is a magazine, journal, newspaper, or similar item that comes out periodically, i.e. once a week, month, etc.
It's good to be able to distinguish between scholarly and non-scholarly periodicals, especially for more advanced research. See the Scholarly Journals guide for more info.
- Intended for mass market and general public
- Includes Magazines, trade journals, newspapers and other non-scholarly sources
- No "Peer Review" process required for publication
- Often presents general information
- Scholarly journals are also referred to as "Peer Reviewed" or "Refereed."
- These are mostly journals (but can be in other formats)
- Are intended for scholars in their intended fields.
- Articles must be reviewed by panel of experts before publishing (aka "Peer Review")
- Often present original research
Scholarly verification tool - ULRICH'S
To find out if a journal is considered scholarly, check the Ulrich's database by doing a search for the title of the journal.
If you see a little referee shirt icon then the journal title is considered peer reviewed "aka" scholarly.