Select one of the following that you have seen/read/listened to:
Locate a review of your selection using the periodical database ProQuest and answer the questions on your assignment sheet about your review.
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Different types of periodicals give you different flavors of the information you need:
But wait! What's a periodical anyway?
A periodical is defined as "a magazine or newspaper published at regular intervals" and includes publication types such as these: "journal, publication, magazine, newspaper, review, digest, gazette, newsletter, organ, quarterly, annual, weekly" etc.
Here are some more examples:
SCHOLARLY or PEER-REVIEWED or ACADEMIC JOURNAL articles are good to find results of scientific or academic research. They are written for scholars and provide in-depth analysis of a very specific area of your topic
TRADE JOURNAL articles are good for finding articles written for specific professions (police officer, veterinarian...etc.) They often analyze new trends, research, tools or techniques important to their area of work
POPULAR MAGAZINE articles are good for summarizing information on a topic for the general public. They often provide a background, summarize research findings, and provide some analysis of a topic
NEWSPAPER articles are good for facts and up-to-date information. They often provide little analysis of a topic.
Is it a "good" article for your research? EVALUATE IT!
Many different types of articles can be found in periodicals. Most periodical databases allow you to limit your search to a particular type of article (or Document Type) such as:
and many more...
Periodical Databases help you find journal, magazine and newspapers articles that are often not freely available on the internet. You can use a periodical database to find articles on a variety of topics including many disciplines within the humanities such as:
To search, type in the name the book/play/movie/exhibit/television show/CD for which you'd like to find a review.
In ProQuest you can limit results by specific types of sources (magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals etc.) and you can limit by type of document (like reviews!) To limit your results to only reviews, scroll down to Document Type and check the box next to Review.
In ProQuest, full text articles can be often be view in two different formats:
1 Full text: the entire text of the article reformatted to be read easily on a computer
2 Full text PDF: a PDF scan of the article from the original periodical, the article will look like it was photocopied from a magazine/newspaper
Information sources (including periodicals!) come in many different formats, make sure you're choosing the best one for the job!
Research 101 is a project from the University of Washington Libraries. It encourages students to understand the academic research process.