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Periodicals are current and back issues of journals, magazines, newspapers, microforms and indexes. Search in person or online to find just what you are looking for.
The ODU library has access to 10,000+ electronic periodicals and many of our print subscriptions include electronic access as well.

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  • The ODU Library's Periodicals Collection, primarily located on the top floor of Spangler Learning Center, is arranged alphabetically by title, and each title is arranged chronologically by volume or year starting with the earliest.
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    OhioLINK's Electronic Journal Center
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  • Scholarly vs. Popular Journals
    Use this information to determine if an article is from a scholarly or popular journal.

      Scholarly Popular
    Documentation Bibliographies, footnotes, or other references are always included None
    Authors Experts, scholars, and researchers; always named along with their institutional affiliation Staffwriters, generalists; may be anonymous
    Peer-reviewed* Articles may be peer-reviewed or refereed. See below* Articles are not peer-reviewed
    Publisher Usually, a university or an association Commercial Firm
    Article type 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
    Audience Scholarly readers, such as professors, researchers, students General readers
    Writing Style Formal, scholarly Informal, written to entertain and inform general audience
    Journal Title Journal titles may include terms such as “review,” “bulletin,” or “journal.” Magazine titles lack such “designating” terms
    Appearance Plain Colorful, illustrated
    Publication Frequency Issues tend to be published less often (monthly, quarterly, semi-annually) Issues tend to be published more frequently (daily, weekly, monthly)
    Page Numbering Issues tend to be successively numbered Each issue tends to begin with page 1
    Advertising No ads or ads for books or other scholarly tools Ads for business or consumer products
    Illustrations Illustrations support text Often illustrated for marketing appeal
    Examples 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.