Periodical (journal, magazine, newspaper) articles can be found in many of our databases. Books, eBooks, and streaming videos can be located in our online catalog; eBooks can also be found in the EBSCO eBook collection database.
Magazines publish articles on topics of popular interest and current events. The articles are written by journalists and are for the general public.
Use a Magazine
to find information or opinions about popular culture
to find up-to-date information about current events
to find general articles written for people who are not necessarily specialists in the topic area
Examples of Magazines
Books cover virtually any topic, fact or fiction. For research purposes, you will probably be looking for books that synthesize all of the information on one topic.
Use a Book
when looking for a lot of information on a topic
to put your topic in context with other important issues
to find historical information
to find summaries of research to support an argument
Murphy, Laura. Survivors of Slavery: Modern-Day Slave Narratives, 2013.
Halford, Nigel G. Genetically Modified Crops, 2012.
Hedges, Christine. Anatomy of Research for Nurses, 2014.
Journal articles are written by scholars in an academic or professional field. An editorial board reviews the articles to decide whether or not they should be published. Journal articles may cover very specific topics or narrow fields of research.
Use a Journal
when doing scholarly research
to find out what has been studied on your topic
to find bibliographies that point to other relevant research
Examples of Journals
Journal of Marriage & Family
Journal of Business Research
American Journal of Nursing
Encyclopedias contain factual articles on many subjects.
There are two types of encyclopedias -- general and subject. General encyclopedias provide overviews on a wide variety of topics. Subject encyclopedias contain entries focusing on one field of study.
Use an Encyclopedia
when looking for background information on a topic
when trying to find key ideas, important dates or concepts
Encyclopedia of Marriage and the Family (subject encyclopedia)
Encyclopedia Britannica (general encyclopedia)
Newspapers provide articles each day about current events and are a good source for local information.
Use a Newspaper
to find current information about international, national and local events
to find editorials, commentaries, expert or popular opinions
Wall Street Journal
New York Times
The Web allows you to access information on the Internet through a browser. One of the main features of the Web is the ability to link quickly to other related information.
Use the Web
to find current information
to link to information provided by the library over the Internet
to find information about companies
to find information from all levels of government - federal to local
to find both expert and popular opinions
Examples of Web Addresses
www.loc.gov (The Library of Congress)
www.cancer.org (American Cancer Society)
www.ccac.edu (Community College of Allegheny County)