1. Finding periodical (journal or magazine)
articles in the library databases.
Directions for using the databases:
- Start in the "Find Articles and Other Resources" section of the library homepage. Choose one of the subject areas listed to see the subject guide for that discipline. (To choose a specific database by name—for example, Academic Search Premier—you can pick it from the A-Z list.) From the subject guide, click on "Databases," and then choose one of the databases llisted.
- Some of our databses will provide you with the full-text for every citation, some will provide you only with citations, and others are a mix.
- Search For Full Text:
Many of the databases include
when there is no direct link to the text of an article.
- 'Search For Full Text' is a shortcut to see if the article is available online in another database. Just click on the icon to run the search. If the article is available online, it will open up in a new window.
- If the article is not online, check Step 2 to see if the journal is available in the library.
- If not available online or in the library, there
is a link in Step 3 to request the article through
Loan, but allow 1-2 weeks
to get the article.
- Each database is different. Some databases
contain articles in a specific subject area, such as education
or business. Others can be used for multiple subject areas.
Consult a Research & Instruction librarian for help with using databases.
The Library has many full-text journals online. If you have the citation to an article, you can use "Find E-Journals" on the home page to see if you can get the article online.
2. Finding Journals In the Library
To find physical copies of journals in the library, use the library catalog.
Directions for using the catalog:
- Start in the "Find Books and Media" section of the library homepage.
- Enter terms in the search box to describe
what you are looking for OR enter the journal title if you know it.
- Select a Search Type from the drop-down
box, in this case, either "Keyword" or "Journal Title."
- Click on Search.
- Click on individual titles to get the full
information, including the item's call number.
- Use the library directory (link below)
to figure out where in the library the item can be found.