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Finding Research Articles

Periodicals are sources that are published at regular intervals. Think of a magazine or a newspaper when you think of an example of a periodical.

A type of periodical that is particularly relevant for college work is a journal. A journal is a periodical like a magazine, in that a new issue is published every month or quarter, but the articles that appear in journals are scholarly and are related to a particular subject of academic study. You may also hear journals referred to as "peer-reviewed."

Periodicals may be printed like a magazine or newspaper or published online. The print periodicals at the Bay College Library are shelved the Periodical Stacks and may be checked out for 1 week. Many more periodicals are available online through the library's databases, like Academic Search Complete or ProQuest Research Library. 

This video demonstrates how to access the list of databases from the library's website and find descriptions of each database to help users decide which database is best for an assignment or project.