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Types of Periodicals

Don't know what a trade journal is? Learn this and more in this Prezi!

Diann Smothers

on 23 October 2014

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What is a periodical?
Points to consider:
Content: What type of information is published in the periodical?
Sources: Do articles in the periodical include any details on where the author found the information?
Language: Who is being addressed?
Authors: Who has written the article? What are the credentials?
Publishers: Who published the periodical?
Graphics: What kind of graphics are included?
How to locate? Where might you search for the periodical?
May also be called academic, research, or refereed.
Describe primary research, using scientific methods such as statistical tests.
Include summaries of existing research, and are fully documented (footnotes, reference lists, etc...)
Use academic or technical terms, written for other scholars/researchers.
Articles are written by professionals in the field, professors, scientists.
Published by universities, scholarly presses, research organizations.
Graphics included are charts and graphs, formulas. Glossy ads are rare.
Use library subscription databases to search for scholarly articles.
Scholarly and Peer-Reviewed
Types of Periodicals
Trade, Industry, and Professional
Contents may include current industry, product and company info, management trends, new products, statistics, forecasts, interviews.
May not provide source information, or occasional brief bibliographies or sources cited in the text.
Written for practitioners, using extensive jargon of the profession.
Written by practitioners in the field, or specialized journalists, PR writers.
Published by commercial publishers, trade and professional associations.
Graphics may include photographs, charts, tables, glossy ads.
Use library subscription databases to search for articles.
Periodicals are publications that are published on a regular schedule, for example: daily, weekly, monthly quarterly.
Your professor may require that you use certain types of articles, such as scholarly article, or an article written for a particular audience.
Being able to identify the different types of periodicals can help you find the right kind of articles for your assignments.
Why do you need to know about the different types of periodicals?
Verifying journal type:

If you want to double-check that you have an article from a particular type of journal, use the Ulrich's database:
Quick Tips
Contents may include current events, trends, recent information, interviews depending on the area of focus.
Generally does not provide source information, although references to some sources may be included within the article.
Written for general audiences, usually with an area of interest suchs as sports, news, fitness, fashion, and so on.
Written by specialized journals.
Published by commercial publishers.
Graphics may include photographs, glossy ads, drawings.
Use library subscription databases to search for articles.
Contents may include current events and other recent information. Content may be location-specific.
Generally does not provide source information, although references to some sources may be included within the article.
Written for general audiences.
Written by journalists.
Published by commercial publishers.
Graphics include photographs and ads.
Use library subscription databases to search for articles.
Select a database that works with your topic. For example, use a news database if you are looking for newspaper articles, or a chemistry database if you are researching a chemistry topic.
Some databases let you choose the type of article to search for.
Use the research guides to help you select a database.
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