7: Evaluating Information Sources:
Section 4 of 6, TERMINOLOGY (Part 2), page 1 of 1.
TERMINOLOGY (Part 2)
Formats of Sources
A common point of confusion takes place when referring to the various types of print serials—magazines, newspapers, etc.
DEFINITIONS (Based on Webster's Third New International Dictionary)
Something produced in a series, e.g., motion pictures, television shows, radio shows, or publications such as newspapers, newsletters, magazines, journals, or other periodicals. Serial is the most general term used to refer to publications that are produced on a regular basis. Libraries or periodical indexes may refer to their serials list or serial holdings. These are the listings of the newspapers, journals, etc., which they subscribe to or index.
A publication that is produced at a regular (fixed) interval, e.g., weekly, monthly, or quarterly. Usually published more frequently than annually, usually not published daily (daily publications are usually newspapers). This general term may be applied to publications such as newsletters, magazines, and journals.
This term is sometimes used to refer to newspapers but is usually used to describe periodicals dedicated to a particular field of study, e.g., microbiology. Journals are often the official or semiofficial publication of a group or society.
A periodical that usually contains a collection of articles, stories, poems, and pictures and is directed at the general public.
A publication that is produced and distributed daily, weekly, or at some other and usually short interval. Typically contains news, editorials, features, advertising, or other information of current interest.
A publication written for the dissemination of news. A printed sheet, pamphlet, or small newspaper containing news or information of current interest to a special group.
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