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Types of Periodicals

This guide provides a brief description of the types of periodicals and explains how to find a peer-reviewed article using the library's databases.

Scholarly or Peer-reviewed Journals

Scholarly journals contain articles written by a scholar or researcher in a particular field or discipline. The language of the article relates to the discipline and assumes some scholarly background on the part of the reader. The main purpose of a scholarly article is to report original research. Many scholarly journals are published by professional organizations. The articles may contain charts and graphs instead of pictures and photographs and always cite sources in the form of bibliographies or footnotes. Journals have a serious and sober appearance.

Examples of Scholarly Journals

Annual Review of Psychology
American Historical Review
Archives of Sexual Behavior
JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association
Literature Film Quarterly
Social Work