Periodicals are current and back issues of journals, magazines, newspapers, microforms, and indexes. The ODU Library's Periodicals Collection, primarily located on the , is arranged alphabetically by title, and each title is arranged chronologically by volume or year starting with the earliest.
The library has access to 10,000+ electronic periodicals and many of our print subscriptions include electronic access as well. To find an electronic periodical, you can search by title in the ODU Library Catalog.
Find a journal online and link to the full text of articles through selected OhioLINK, EBSCOhost, or LexisNexis online research databases.
In the EJC, you can search for full-text articles or browse journals by title or subject.
Use this information to determine if an article is from a scholarly or popular journal.
|Bibliographies, footnotes, or other references are always included
|Experts, scholars, and researchers; always named along with their institutional affiliation
||Staffwriters, generalists; may be anonymous
|Articles may be peer-reviewed or refereed. See below*
||Articles are not peer-reviewed
|Usually, a university or an association
|Long research articles with abstracts, tables, graphs, charts, and summariesScholarly readers, such as professors, researchers, students
||Short 1-2 pages, non-technical articles with photos and graphs
|Scholarly readers, such as professors, researchers, students
||Informal, written to entertain and inform general audience
|Journal titles may include terms such as “review,” “bulletin,” or “journal.”
||Magazine titles lack such “designating” terms
|Issues tend to be published less often (monthly, quarterly, semi-annually)
||Issues tend to be published more frequently (daily, weekly, monthly)
|Issues tend to be successively numbered
||Each issue tends to begin with page 1
| No ads or ads for books or other scholarly tools
||Ads for business or consumer products
| Illustrations support text
|| Often illustrated for marketing appeal
|Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Modern Fiction Studies, JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
||Psychology Today, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated
* Peer-reviewed indicates that the article was submitted to a panel of scholars/experts within the field and critiqued for accuracy and content prior to its approval for publication.
(Chart adapted and compiled from the in Northfield, Minnesota February 7, 2003.)