The term "periodical" refers to anything that is published at regular intervals throughout the year such as a newspaper, magazine, or journal:
A database is a collection of sources including books, ebooks, magazines, journals, and newspapers.
Use the library's Research Guides for your course of study or ask a librarian to identify the best database for your information need.
You can also find resources for your research by selecting from the full list of databases the library subscribes to. For descriptions of database coverage and a list of the library's most popular databases, click View More Results.
The short video below describes how to run a search in FiSH. FiSH (First, Search Here) searches most of the library resources using one simple search box. To search FiSH, use the box below or visit the Library Home Page.
What is a scholarly source?
A scholarly source is material written by an expert or experts (scholarly articles will often have multiple authors) for other experts. If a journal is peer reviewed, that means scholars in the field looked at the material and made comments or recommendations before it could be published, this process ensures that the information is more credible than, say, a website like Yahoo Answers or Reddit. Often these scholarly, peer reviewed articles describe a study that was done, including the objectives and outcomes.
How do I know that a source is scholarly?
Often, your professors will require you to use scholarly sources, so how can you tell that this requirement is being met? The New York Times seems like a credible source, but is it scholarly?
Here are some criteria that can help you determine if a source is scholarly (or not):