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Scholarly vs. popular
current resources in the Library are found in the Periodicals
(Serials) section. These include:
items may not be checked out so that they will be available
to everyone in the DBU community. Faculty may be allowed limited
check-out privileges, under special circumstances.
Memorial Library currently receives and maintains over 400
periodical titles. Our archives contain an additional 700
lists of all available titles are kept in binders located
throughout the first floor of the Library.
are organized both alphabetically and by subject.
titles are held in microfiche/microfilm formats to conserve
shelf space. Microform readers/printers are located on the
first floor. Please ask for assistance.
print periodical titles are indexed in the Library
Online Databases allow
access to thousands of periodical articles from any computer,
many in full-text format. If a print journal has been supplanted
by its electronic counterpart, every effort is made to indicate
this fact both in the Library Catalog and on the shelves.
- The content of journals in electronic form does not always
represent 100 percent of the content of their print editions.
- Most databases provide approximately
10 years of back-issue archives in full-text (this will vary according to publishers' wishes).
- Some publishers choose to withhold their most recent content for a brief period of time (3 months, 6 months, or 12 months) before allowing its inclusion in database products. This process is known as embargo. If the content you need is currently embargoed, you may request the article through Interlibrary Loan, or check to see if DBU owns the print version of the periodical.
TYPES OF PERIODICALS
are three main types of periodicals found in the Vance Memorial Library
– present a primary source, eyewitness account of
issues and events
– present a general treatment or broad overview of
a subject or event
– present a scholarly, in-depth treatment of specified
chart presents expanded criteria for differentiating between
scholarly journals and popular magazines:
bibliographies or references (works cited)
do not have bibliographies or references
are experts in the field
Authors are often general writers
are signed by the authors
are sometimes unsigned
formats (APA, MLA, etc.) are usually followed; Articles
usually over 5 pages in length
formats, unstructured; Articles usually 1-4 pages or less
than one page
is the scholarly reader
is the general population. Audience is entertained and
in the jargon of the field
for anyone to understand
(usually at 5th grade level)
bimonthly (6 times/year), quarterly (4 times/year), or
semiannually (2 times/year)
weekly or monthly
support the text: such as maps, tables, charts, graphs,
profusely illustrated for marketing and advertising appeal
on a handout by the University of Michigan and a figure published
in Cook, Kim N., Lilith R. Kunkel, and Susan M. Weaver. "Cooperative
Learning in Bibliographic Instruction" Research Strategies
Winter 1995 : 17-25.
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