|Periodical articles are published in
scholarly journals, popular magazines, and trade publications. While
all three types of publications may contain articles on a given topic, the
language, authority, and intended audience is distinct, one from the other.
Below are general characteristics you may use to differentiate among the
types of articles.
||Popular Magazine Articles
|Always include bibliography/reference
||Do not include bibliography/reference
|Authors are identified as experts in field
||Authors are often on staff of publication
|Language is technical
||Language is non-technical
|Report original research or experimentation
||Inform or entertain the general public
|Articles in periodicals are identified
by searching by subject in one of the many periodical indexes provided by the Library.
These indexes, housed in the Reference Room or on the Library Home Page, may cover one subject area (e.g.,
BIOSIS Previews) or numerous subject areas (e.g., Academic