Articles tend to be shorter than books and are written on very specific topics. They appear in periodicals, such as journals, newspapers, and magazines.
What's the difference between articles, journals, and databases?
Articles are the smallest piece of the puzzle. They are written on one topic. Usually many articles are collated into a
Periodical. Periodicals may be journals, magazines, or newspapers. Think of the last time you read The Baltimore Sun or The Washington Post -- each issue contains dozens of articles. Sometimes we refer to all periodicals as journals. You can search and find lots of journals in our
Databases. Databases are large digital repositories that contain many periodicals and many, many articles. Using the databases lets you look through lots of material with just one search.
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