Periodicals are magazines, newspapers, and other mass-market publications. They are not peer reviewed, and usually the goal is to get information to the masses as quickly as possible--therefore, they are not usually considered scholarly sources. Periodicals can be primary and/or secondary sources, depending on the date of publication and the content of the article. For example, a newspaper article printed on July 20 or 21, 1969, covering the Moon Landing would be a primary source on the landing itself, among other relevant topics. An article from July 20, 2009, discussing the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing would be a secondary source on the landing itself--but a primary source on how we celebrated the anniversary of the first person on the moon.
Our periodicals are available both on and off campus. For more information on how to access these from off campus, please click on the "Accessing Library Resources" button in the left column.