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Moffett Library Periodicals: Home

Overview of print and online periodicals in Moffett Library.


Moffett Library currently subscribes to various periodical formats for the benefit and enjoyment of MSU Texas students, faculty, and staff. To offer suggestions for new periodicals, please complete the Moffett Library Peridocial Request Form here.

What Types of Periodicals Exist?

Moffett Library offers its patrons a variety of periodicals to choose from. If you need assistance in differentiating between the various types, please see the chart below to help choose which type of periodical is most beneficial to your needs. 


Scholarly& Research Journals Professional, Trade & Industry Journals Journals of Commentary & Opinion Newspapers Popular Magazines

American Historical Review


New England Journal of Medicine

Social Psychology Quarterly


Library Journal

Science Teacher

Restaurants and Institutions

Mother Jones

National Review


New Republic

New York Times

Washington Post

Christian Science Monitor

Wall Street Journal



Sports Illustrated

Reader's Digest

Values & Uses

Reports of original research;

In depth analysis of issues related to the discipline; Lengthy articles. Academic level book reviews; Refereed or peer-reviewed

Current trends, news & products in a field; Company, organization, & biographical information; Statistics, forecasts; Employment & career information; Book and product reviews Commentaries on social & political issues; Some in-depth analysis; Political viewpoints, liberal, conservative & other; Sometimes acts as voice of activist organization; Speeches & interviews; Book reviews Current information; News stories; Local and regional focus; Classified ads; Editorials; Speeches; some book reviews; Primary source for information on events Current events; Hot topics;Primary source for analysis of popular culture; Short articles; Generally not much depth; Interviews; some book reviews
Language Academic; Can be very technical; Uses the language of the discipline Written for practitioners; Can use jargon extensively Written for a general educated audience Written for a general educated audience Non-technical, often simple language
Authors Researchers, academics, 

Practitioners in the field or journalists with subject expertise

Extremely variable; Can be academics, journalists, representatives of various “groups” Journalists Generally, journalists and freelance writers
Sources Footnotes and bibliographies, Often very extensive documentation Occasional brief bibliographies; Sources sometimes cited in text Occasionally cite sources in text orprovide short bibliographies Rarely cite any sources in full Rarely cite any sources
Publishers  Universities, scholarly presses or academic and research or professional organizations Commercial publishers or professional and trade associations Commercial publishers  or non-profit organizations Commercial publishers Commercial publishers
Graphics Graphs, charts, formulas, depending on the discipline; Do not contain  glossy ads Photographs, charts, tables, illustrations of all sorts;ads related to the profession Varies a lot; Some very plain, some have graphics, colors and ads Pictures, charts, ads of all sorts Glitzy, many graphics and pictures; full of color ads

Gradowski, Gail, Loanne Snavely, and Paula Dempsey. Designs for Active Learning: A Sourcebook of Classroom 

  Strategies for Information Education. Chicago (Ill.): Association of College & Research Libraries, 1998. Print.