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Types of Periodical Resources
Periodicals are published on a regular basis. Examples are journals, magazines, newspapers and trade publications.
- Journals are specialized periodicals with generally long authoritative articles aimed at a professional audience. They are usually published quarterly or annually and most are peer reviewed.
- Magazines are more popular and often contain short articles and lots of advertising. They are geared to the lay person or casual reader.
- Newspapers are serial publications, usually printed on newsprint and generally issued daily or weekly, containing news, editorial comment, columns, advertising, comics, etc.
- Trade Publications are serials that focus on industry, product and business information in a magazine or newspaper format.
- Peer Reviewed articles are reviewed by individual experts or a panel of experts prior to being accepted for publication.
The databases listed at the bottom of this box are recommended for finding articles related to Chemistry. Watch for subject words and phrases that are used to help focus your searches. For instance, the following word phrases can be searched as Subject in Academic Search Premier, MasterFILE, or Business Source Premier:
chemistry, physical & theoretical
In ProQuest use the following as Subject searches:
BioMed Central provides open access to peer-reviewed articles on chemical research.
Chemical & Engineering News
Published weekly by the American Chemical Society, C&EN covers science and technology, business and industry, government and policy, education, and employment aspects of the chemistry field. Access to some articles require ACS membership.
Chemistry Periodical Browse
You can browse periodical titles related to Chemistry that are available full text in the Virtual Library databases by using Publication Finder. The following links will take you to lists of magazine and journal titles by subject area with links to the databases. They will also tell you what years are available.