Here are the basics.
- Most of our periodical subscriptions are now online -- here is an alphabetical list.
- Those that are not online are shelved or filed in alphabetical order by the title of the publication.
- All of our subscriptions regardless of format can be found by doing a 'Journal Title' search in our catalog.
- Searching for articles should be done in the appropriate database.
- Current and recent issues of newspapers, magazines, and journals are arranged for easy browsing on the 2nd floor.
- The West wing of the library houses the bound volumes of older issues --
Finding Full-Text Articles
When you are searching in the Library's databases look first for a link to a PDF file.
If no PDF link is available look for the button.
This button allows you to:
- See if the article is available online in ANY of the Library's databases, not just the one you are using.
- Search the Library's Catalog to see if the article is available in the library (if it is not online).
- Automatically do an interlibrary loan request if the article is not available online or in the library.
Beyond the basics:
ON THE WEB
- Understand that not every journal indexed in a database will have links to the full text of the article. The button provides you with several options when this is the case.
- Understand that articles from the most recent year may not be available in a database because of an embargo period. For these you will need to check our print holdings or send through an interlibrary loan request.
- Comprehensive information about any particular publication (even those to which we do not subscribe) can be found in Ulrich's Periodicals Directory.
IN THE BUILDING
- The typical database only goes back a few decades. To search for earlier articles use our print indexes on the 2nd floor. Here is an explanation of print indexes.
- Most people don't really like having to use Micro formats. But for when it's necessary we have an excellent hi tech Digital Scanner Station which is actually kind of fun to use.
WHEN THE PROFESSOR REQUIRES...
- ...you to use scholarly and not popular articles are you confident you can make that distinction? If not then checkout our quick tutorial on (for titles in print format) Distinctions Among Types of Periodicals
- ... that the articles you use be peer-reviewed. Understand that: "Refereed," "Juried," "Blind Review" are all synonyms for "Peer-Review." How can you tell when something is peer-reviewed?
- When you are looking at a print copy, of an entire issue, there will be an editorial board of scholars with academic credentials given.
- Use a check box limit in your database search (when available).
- Consult: Ulrich's Periodicals Directory. (Search on the source title NOT the article title and then look for the icon indicating it is refereed.)
- ... that you use newspapers or news sources.