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History: Periodicals

This guide list resources that will get you started on doing historical research. Some sources will be more specific on certain periods and geographical locations.

What are periodicals?

Periodicals are publications that come out on a regular schedule. They include different types of magazines, journals, trade publications and newspapers. Periodical articles are often the best sources for research, especially if your topic requires primary sources, recent information, or detailed information.  Information appearing in periodicals constitutes the bulk of published information and unlike a majority of the information on free websites, the information in periodicals has been reviewed by peers or by another evaluation process. 


There are five main categories of periodicals: 1) scholarly journals, 2) trade/professional journals, 3) general interest/news publications, 4) popular magazines, and 5) sensational magazines.


The format of periodicals can be hardcopy or electronic.  Electronic periodicals can be ones that are only published electronically and ones in proprietary databases that appeared originally in hardcopy format. 

Periodical Databases

These databases will cover a wide range of topics and will yield articles on most any subject including historical ones.  They are proprietary databases that O.C. Library (or Kitsap Regional Library) either owns outright or has subscriptions to.  Access is limited to authorized users, i.e., patrons of the library that has the database.