By the end of this module, you should be able to:
Definition of Periodicals
Periodicals are materials that are published periodically, such as daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly. Magazines, journals, and newspapers are all types of periodicals. Periodicals are important sources of current information, especially for topics too new to be published in books.
Periodical Article Indexes
To identify articles on a particular subject, it is most efficient to use a periodical index. An index provides a listing of article citations, generally accessed by subject or keyword. The Regis Library web page makes it easy for you to locate relevant indexes, i.e. databases, for your research by using the Research by Subject pages.
Subject specific databases generally index the scholarly literature related to a particular discipline. Other databases index statistical information, such as government statistics or other types of data. There are also databases that primarily index company and financial information.
The Research by Subject page allows you to select a subject area to locate relevant databases for that subject. Remember, the best resources for your research might not always be electronic ones. Check with a reference librarian for additional suggestions.
How do I know what type of article to use?
Two main considerations in determining which type of article to use for an assignment are the parameters of the assignment and the focus of the topic. The assignment parameters will influence the depth or breadth of sources required. A three-page paper will likely require broader, more general information sources than a twenty-page thesis. Once you have determined the parameters of your assignment, you can then focus your research topic to a manageable size. Refer to Module 1, Getting Started, for details on focusing your topic.
Types of Articles
Locating and Retrieving Articles
Some articles are available in full-text, meaning a link to the full content of the article is provided. Other databases simply list the article citation and may include an abstract, or summary, of the article. An article may be available full-text in one database, while another database provides only a citation to the same article.
How can I access the article I need?
If the full-text of an article is not available through the database you've been searching, try:
See Locating Articles for more tips.
If a periodical is not available through the Regis University Libraries, you can request a copy of the article you need through our interlibrary loan system. Regis students, faculty, and staff, regardless of their geographic location, can request items (e.g., article, book, etc.) through the interlibrary loan loan service. See "Using Interlibrary Loan Service" in Module 3 for more information.