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Local Issues: General Research Guide: Types of Periodicals

Making your research relevant by focusing topics close to home.

Academic Research

It's important to understand acceptable sources for each assignment.

  1. Formal research papers usually expect scholarly (sometimes called academic or peer-reviewed) journal articles.
  2. For many speeches newspapers and popular magazines, even films and interviews are acceptable sources.
  3. Always know what your professor will accept!

No matter what type of source you use, be sure to think critically about the accuracy, authority, timeliness, and bias of the information. And always cite your sources.

Pop? Scholarly? Huh?

Here's a fun video that will help you understand the difference in types of periodicals.


Popular or Scholarly?

Chart of different publication types