Key Characteristic of Periodicals

This information will really save you time and frustration in finding and citing your sources!

You've already learned that periodicals are published on a regular basis. This means that several issues may be pubished over a year's time. To help identify and keep track of the issues, they are assigned one or more of these designations:

Volume and issue numbers

Season (e.g. Spring 2005)

Date (e.g. October 1, 2003)

Sometimes they may have all three