Newspapers publish information on a wide range of topics and as most are published on a daily basis, they provide very up-to-date information. As well as reporting on current affairs, newspapers can also be a valuable source of opinion and debate. Always evaluate the content carefully though, as newspapers can be biased or subjective.
Journals (also known as periodicals, serials or magazines) are published on a regular basis and cover a particular subject or profession. Because they are published frequently, they are an excellent source of up-to-date information.
Each journal issue contains a number of articles, written by different authors, all of which will relate to the subject covered by the journal. Different types of journals are published, these include:
Journals often contain more specialised information than books, so you will use them as your academic interests develop, and they are useful for reading about more niche or specific topics.
Use Discover to search across a large number of different databases at the same time to find articles from a range of sources. Search with keywords that describe your topic to see what articles have been written:
You can also search on these separate, more subject-specific, databases to find articles:
For a full list of all of the Library's databases, go to:
These are some of your key journals. For a full list of all the Library's online journals go to:
A Reference Librarian at Kishwaukee College Library has produced this helpful video on how to read a scholarly article: