Answered By: Priscilla Coulter
Last Updated: Nov 26, 2018     Views: 22856

A periodical is a publication that issues articles, etc. periodically throughout the year (hence the name!).  You may be most familiar with periodicals like magazines, newspapers and journals.

Journals are often issued monthly, but might be published only a few times per year.  Magazines are often published weekly or monthly, while newspapers usually go to press daily.  

Each time a periodical publishes, it contains a unique set of new articles -- no two issues will be exactly alike.

Each periodical issue is numbered, and all of the issues for a year are part of a volume, which is also given a number.   That's why, when you cite a specific article from a journal, magazine or newspaper, you must include the volume and issue number.   It helps your reader find it more quickly, in case they'd like to read it for themselves.

Browse the issues in these periodicals!

Journal Magazine Newspaper
The Lion and the Unicorn journal cover Newseek magazine cover New York Times image


Has your instructor asked you to stick to scholarly or peer-reviewed journals?   See:  What does peer-reviewed mean?


See also: 

Contact Us

Contact a librarian.

Librarians are available 365 days/nights per year!  Click to see our schedule.

Chat with a librarian:  more info


Library Notices & Alerts alert icon

Check here for updates about any ongoing technical outages and issues in the library. 

powered by Surfing Waves