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Periodicals are publications that are printed and distributed at regular intervals. There are three main types of periodicals:
Why identify publication types?
It is important to be aware of the different types of publication sources so that when you are conducting research you know what publication source will meet your information need. Also, in order to properly cite a source, you need to identify it’s publication type to determine the correct formatting. Determining publication type can be more challenging when viewing an article in electronic format since there is often less context.
Academic Journal Characteristics
Purpose is for educating
Articles written by scholars and experts
Articles are in-depth and long
Language of articles is technical
Sources are cited
Graphs, charts and illustrations are used to show research
Links to business & economics, general, and other databases with academic journals.
Scholarly vs. Popular
Academic Journals are considered scholarly sources because they are created to further knowledge in academic fields and educate, while newspapers and magazines are considered popular sources because they are created to entertain.
Scholarly or Peer Reviewed Articles
Professors will oftne ask you to use a Scholarly or Peer Reviewed article. The 5-minute clip below explains what Peer Review means and why it is important.
Created by North Carolina State University Libraries
Cañada College Library offers online New York Times accounts for all students, staff, and faculty. This includes unlimited access via mobile apps on tablets and smart phones. NYTimes.com accounts are good for one year for eligible Cañada College community members only (current students, staff, and faculty), after which accounts need to be renewed.
The Wall Street Journal is a news source that focuses on business issues but also includes articles on society, politics, and more. Cañada College Library has joined the Wall Street Journal in a collaboration that will provide students, faculty, and staff with direct access to the Journal. You can use your Cañada-sponsored WSJ membership to research topics relevant to your courses and careers, save and share pertinent articles with others, follow companies and industries that interest you, track real-time stories and trends, and follow coverage of arts, culture, and life.
Purpose is to entertain
Articles written by journalists
Uses flashy pictures and headlines to attract readers
Normally no citations included
Articles about current events and culture
Published monthly and sometimes weekly
Written for the general public thus writing is easy to understand