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Periodicals Guide: Intro

This guide aims to help you navigate the print periodicals on the Lower Level of Geisel Library. It provides tips on how to find and use periodicals.

Introduction

Welcome to the Periodicals Guide!

Our Periodicals collection is located on the Lower Level of the library.

This guide will help you:

  • understand what periodicals are and how to use them

  • locate periodicals in the library

  • learn tips on navigating the periodicals collection.

Overview

What are Periodicals?

  • Periodicals are texts such as magazines, newspapers, and journals that are published at regular, recurring intervals (yearly, monthly, weekly, etc.).
  • Our Periodicals collection includes
    • Journals: these are the books and magazines you see on the shelves. They have scholarly articles.
    • Newspapers
    • Microform, which has two forms:
      • Microfilm: a roll of film that contains images of journal/magazine/newspaper pages. You can use the library's microform reader to view the pages.
      • Microfiche: a flat sheet of film that contains images of journal/magazine/newspaper pages. You can use the library's microform reader to view the pages.
  • We have online periodicals and print periodicals. This guide focuses on print periodicals. 
    • Learn more about finding online sources at our Research Help guide.

What are Periodicals used for?

  • You will mostly use them to help with research projects, such as papers and presentations.