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Library Lingo for Normal People: Periodicals

A guide to help non-librarians understand the terms and phrases we librarians throw around willy-nilly.

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What is a periodical?

A periodical is just a larger and more confusing word for journal. Technically, periodicals also include anything that is published on a regular schedule such as magazines. The vast majority of SBU's periodicals are journals, so the terms are virtually interchangeable.

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