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What is a Serial?

A "serial" is defined as any publication issued in successive parts which are intended to be continued indefinitely. These publications may be issued in print, non-print, and/or electronic format.

Common types of serials include:
  • abstracts and indexes
  • almanacs and yearbooks
  • annual reviews and proceedings
  • directories
  • electronic databases
  • newsletters
  • newspapers
  • popular magazines
  • research journals
  • trade publications