Answered By: Ken Fujiuchi
Last Updated: Jul 31, 2014     Views: 32

The word periodical refers to items that are published periodically, such as magazines, journals, and newspapers.  Butler Library subscribes to many periodicals, conveniently available in online format.  

Periodical databases are commercially produced, frequently updated collections of articles that have appeared in magazines, journals, and newspapers.  Butler Library subscribes to several general periodical databases, such as Academic Search Complete, that cover a wide range of topics.  We also have many subject-specific databases, such as Business Source Premier and ScienceDirect. Our useful Subject Guides will lead you to suggested databases recommended by specific subject area.  


When you search a database, the amount of information provided will differ.

  • citation includes bibliographic information such as author, title of the article, title of the periodical, volume number, issue number, page numbers, and date.
  • An abstract is a brief summary of the article.
  • A growing number of our databases provide full-text articles.  This means that the entire article is online and available to print, download, or e-mail right from your computer.