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Harvard Referencing Guide: Periodicals



Periodicals- Introduction

Periodicals  - Introduction


A periodical publication will appear in a new edition on a regular basis. For example, weekly, monthly or quarterly.


Periodic literature includes:

  • Journals
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Newsletters
  • Blog Post


Periodicals are typically published and referenced by volume and issue number: 

  • Volume typically refers to the number of years that the publication has been circulated,
  • The Issue Number refers to how many times the periodical has been published during the year.


So, for example, the March publication of a monthly journal that is currently in its fifth year of circulation will have Volume = 5,  Issue Number = 3.

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