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Types of Periodicals: Newspapers

Uses and features of journals, magazines, and newspapers.

Types of Periodicals


Things to look for:

  1. Short articles
  2. Use of jargon
  3. Current and contemporary events and opinions

Access Tools (Examples)

Newspaper Characteristics

  • Current information
  • News stories
  • Local & regional focus
  • Analysis & opinion on current events
  • Speeches (excerpts, usually)
  • Some book reviews

Screenshot taken from Vancouver Sun, 2011, Mar 03, A1. Retrieved from:

  • Written for a general audience

Screenshot taken from Vancouver Sun, March 14, 2011, A2.  Retrieved from:

  • Journalists
  • Sources are rarely cited in full

Screenshot taken from Vancouver Sun, June 17, 2015, B2. Retrieved from:

  • Commercial/trade publishers
  • Pictures & charts
  • Some ads

Screenshot from Vancouver Sun, June 17, 2015, A13. Retrieved from:

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