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Find Journals and Articles

This guide provides an overview of how to find articles and journals through Buley Library.

What are Serials?

Serials, periodicals, journals.  You might hear all of these words used at the library.  But what do they mean?

Serials and periodicals refer to any title that publishes issues at regular intervals.  This can refer to titles that are published annually, quarterly, monthly, weekly, or daily. Newspapers, magazines, journals, newsletters are all serials or periodicals.

Journals are a type of serial or periodical that typically publish scholarly articles.

Types of Serials

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

These are what you see on the newsstand. The purpose of popular magazines is to provide news, entertainment, and information of a broad nature. Popular magazines contain articles of national or international interest and the information they contain can be quite useful. The articles are written by members of the editorial or reporting staff, a journalist, or a freelance writer. The language is geared towards a general audience. Some of the magazines are in newspaper format and almost all contain many pictures and photographs. They may be published by commercial organizations or individuals although some may come from professional organizations. Very rarely do they cite sources.

Examples of Popular Magazines

  • Christian Science Monitor
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Ms.
  • People
  • Weekly
  • Readers Digest
  • Time
  • Sports Illustrated

Newspapers are publications meant to inform readers of current events.  These can be published daily, weekly, monthly, etc.  Newspaper articles may be based on facts or opinions and are not peer-reviewed. They are considered a primary source when the article is describing an event firsthand.

Examples of newspapers:

  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • The Connecticut Post
  • The New Haven Register

Opinion magazines provide strong views on a topic. These make good starting points for a research paper as they provide information geared towards an educated audience interested in understanding the importance of current events and ideas. The information may be biased so readers should approach them with caution.

Examples of Opinion Magazines

  • Christian Century
  • Commonwealth
  • Nation
  • National Review
  • New Republic
  • Weekly Standard

A trade magazine is published for and read by members of a particular trade group. The purpose of trade magazines is to provide information on current events and trends on a particular trade or industry. They are specialized news magazines and they contain news, information on products, advertisements, industry specific job notices, etc. They are generally published in glossy paper and contain pictures and photographs. Some trade magazines are free but most require subscription. Some trade magazines are in newspaper format.

Examples of Trade Magazines

  • Advertising Age
  • Beverage Industry
  • Dance Magazine
  • Editor and Publisher
  • Entrepreneur
  • HR Magazine

Sensational periodicals generally appear in the form of newspapers. The purpose of these periodicals is to arouse curiosity and report shocking or obscure news. The language is sensational or inflammatory and many of these articles are written by freelancers. The information is questionable and assumes some gullibility in their audience. The headlines are eye-catching and astonishing.

Examples of Sensational Periodicals

  • Globe
  • National Enquirer
  • Star
  • Weekly World News