Which is better for research, books or periodicals?
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Each resource has its own advantages. Periodicals (magazine articles, journal articles, or newspaper articles) have the advantage of being the most current, while books offer more historical, in-depth coverage of the topic. Depending on your research needs and the assignment given, you will decide which resource better fits your research needs. Usually, a combination of periodical articles and books will be beneficial for the researcher. If, for example, you were conducting research on a new scientific discovery, periodical articles would have the latest up-to-date information on that discovery. For items on the Vietnam conflict, it would be more beneficial to locate books on the topic as well as periodical articles. Since the Vietnam conflict ended over 25 years ago, researchers and scholars have had ample time to write and publish many books on this topic. Reference books are especially useful for their ability to provide a thorough overview of your subject. Reference books often explain the major issues surrounding your subject, focus on central themes, significant events or people, and provide ample suggestions for additional readings related to your topic. In fact, both books and periodical articles will have reference lists or bibliographies that may be helpful for conducting further research on a subject.