The SCC Library presents "What is a Periodical?"
A periodical is a publication that comes out with a new issue at regular intervals -- regular intervals? Regular intervals could be daily, weekly, monthly, etc.
A well-known example of a periodical is a newspaper. Many newspapers, like The New York Times or Spartanburg's Herald-Journal publish a new issue every single day.
The frequency of publication varies though. Newspapers are usually the most frequent. Magazines don't come out quite as often. Some magazines like Sports Illustrated or People, publish a new issue every week, but others like Southern Living and GQ only have new issues every month. Journals are usually the least frequently published. Some journals only get published quarterly, which means 4 times a year. All of these are periodicals though. They differ from books because books are only published once -- they don't come out with new issues regularly like periodicals.
This is one of the biggest advantages to periodicals because when something new happens, periodicals can write about it first, before books have time to be published. [for example, if pigs fly, the newspaper headline the very next day will read "Breaking News: Pigs Fly!"]. So for very new or very current information, periodicals are often the place to look.
Very likely, you'll use periodicals to help you keep up with new information in your career field once you leave school. [Some examples of periodicals geared towards careers are The Surgical Technologist, Architect, Nursing Outlook, Welding Journal, and Mathematics Teacher.]
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