Periodical is a generic term referring to publications which are released on a regular basis. There are three main kinds of periodical:

Journals contain scholarly articles, providing current information on research and developments in a particular subject field. Main features are:

Take a look at this example of a scholarly article


Magazines are designed for general reading and contain articles on various topics by different authors. Main features include:

Newspapers are designed to provide current information on local, national & international issues. Main features include:


Journals are the most likely type of periodical to support your research.

They provide information that is:


How do you find relevant journal articles on your topic?

The library catalogue does not list individual articles published in journals, only the journal title. So, if you know the journal title use the catalogue. However, if you need to find articles relevant to your topic you will need to search a database.