Periodical: A generic term meaning any type of publication that is published more than once a year. Magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and journals are all periodicals.
Scholarly Journal: A special type of periodical preferred by researchers. Your professor may use any of the terms below, but they all mean the same thing—scholarly journals!
Therefore, the quality of the information contained in scholarly journals is more reliable and of higher quality than the information in ordinary magazines. It also is more complete. While an ordinary magazine may have an article that talks about the researchers interested in starfish and what they have been doing, you will not get the full details of the experiments or research conducted. A scholarly journal article written by the starfish researchers will tell you everything.
Most of the library's databases allow you to limit your search results to scholarly journals one way or another.
Look for a box to click on the search screen or a menu option to the side of your list of results.
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