In your research, you will probably be asked to get articles.* It’s important to know that there are different types of articles so you can focus your research appropriately. A periodical is a publication that is published on a regular basis. The Lee College Library receives three kinds of periodicals: newspapers, magazines, and journals.
- are written for scholars or professional groups and may be published monthly, bimonthly or quarterly.
- are written by professionals and the articles are reviewed by peers (other professionals in the field) before being published.
- Here is a helpful diagram of the peer review process provided by the publisher Elsevier.
- have few color photographs, lots of charts and graphs, are signed and have bibliographies and works cited.
- are not considered to be “for profit,” (authors are not usually paid with publication), and advertisements are rarely seen.
- published weekly or monthly and have articles of interest to a wide range of people.
- filled with glossy pictures, they might have a general interest in publishing articles on politics, sports, news, celebrities, for example.
- not scholarly and rarely include a bibliography of sources cited.
- have many advertisements within and are almost always “for profit.”
To find articles, you need to use the Library’s research databases.
*An article is a nonfictional written composition published in a newspaper or magazine.