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STARquest I: Library Services & Resources

6c. Are journals periodicals?

My professor tells me to use journals. Is a journal the same as a periodical?

A journal is a periodical which has scholarly information, usually written by professors, researchers, or experts in a subject area, and not intended for the general public.

Sometimes you'll need to find articles in scholarly journals or refereed (peer-reviewed) journals or professional journals.