A regularly published newspaper or magazine can also be considered a periodical. They can be released on a weekly, biweekly, or even monthly schedule and still be considered a periodical, as long as it is in regular intervals. Newspapers and magazines are not the only examples of periodicals. This term also encompasses academic journals, yearbooks, newsletters, novels that are released in intervals, or literary magazines.

There are two separate types of periodical classifications. Popular periodicals include the typical magazines, newspapers, tabloids, or newsletters. Usually when the public thinks of the word periodical, they tend to associate it with one of these means. The second type is a scholarly publication, or those usually found in libraries or large databases. This is the area to find academic and literary journals. Journalists write both types of periodical genres depending on the publication they are employed with. They can also utilize past periodicals for research or reference.

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