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There are two steps to finding an article in a journal or magazine. The first is to locate an appropriate article; the second is to find the journal or magazine that contains it.

  1. Finding Articles: Using an Index

  2.  Sample Search of an Index
     Choosing the Appropriate Index(es)
     Scholarly Journal Articles v. Magazine Articles

  3. Finding Journals and Magazines

  4.  Access to Journals / Magazines in Paper or Microform
     Access to Electronic Journals / Magazines
     Journal Finder

bulletFinding Articles: Using an Index

The best resource for locating articles in a journal or a magazine is an article index. These indexes are databases that arrange articles by subject and provide information on what journal, magazine, or newspaper contains them.

 Searching an Online Index for an Article: A Sample Search

Suppose you were searching for articles on "year round school". If you consulted the index Academic Search Premier, just one of the many indexes the library subscribes to through the internet, you would find over 100 articles listed under the keywords "year round school".

  • Understanding the Search Results
    • As indicated in the example below, Citation #4 reads: Year-Round Schools Look Better All the Time.; By: St. Gerard, Vanessa. Education Digest, Apr2007, Vol. 72 Issue 8, p56-58, 3p;
    • Screen shot of citation for an article on year-round school in the Academic Search Premier database

    • Interpretation of the Citation:
    • Title of Article: Year-Round Schools Look Better All the Time
      Author of Article: Vanessa St. Gerard
      Journal Title: Education Digest
      Volume in Journal: 72
      Issue in Journal: 8
      Page of Article: 56-58
      Date of Article: April 2007
      Other Information: 3 pages long

  • Obtaining Access to the Article
  • Again using Citation #4 as an example, the highlighted links indicate that the full text of this article is available in either HTML or in PDF format, by clicking on the respective link, as illustrated in the following screen shot:

    Screen shot of citation containing both HTML and PDF links to the full text of the article.

    Sometimes, however, the full text of an article is not available in the index in which you located the citation, as indicated by the highlighted "Check Journal Finder for full text availability" link in the following screen shot for Citation #5:

    Screen shot of Citation #5 with Journal Finder link

    To find out whether we have the journal Times Educational Supplement (or any journal, magazine, or newspaper you are looking for), consult Journal Finder in one of two ways, either by:

    • Clicking on the "Check Journal Finder for full-text availability" link beneath the article reference in a database list, like in the above example, or
    • Going to the "Journal Finder" section on our library home page and typing in the name of the journal or magazine title.

    (For more information about how to use Journal Finder, see the Journal Finder section on this page.)

bulletChoosing the Appropriate Index or Indexes

  • Subject-Specific Indexes
  • Hackney Library provides access to many indexes on a wide variety of subject areas. The types of journals and magazines included in an index determine what topics it covers most effectively.

    For example,

    Although some indexes may have a number of features in common, such as general format and purpose, no two indexes are exactly alike. It is important to know the scope, general characteristics and unique features of the indexes you use in order to benefit fully from them.

  • General Indexes

    In addition to many indexes in subject areas, Hackney Library provides access to two "general with full-text" indexes: Academic Search Complete, which is an NCLIVE database, and OmniFile Full Text Mega Edition, which is not an NCLIVE database. They both cover journals in all academic disciplines and have the added benefit of providing complete articles for many of the citations.

    • Links to both databases are located in the "Articles Plus" tab on our home page.

 Finding Journals and Magazines:

Hackney Library has holdings for approximately 1,100 journals and magazines physically housed within the building in three different formats: paper, microfiche, and microfilm. One hundred fifty-five of these are current subscriptions. The remaining titles are for journals and magazines to which the library no longer subscribes but keeps the back issues.

The library also subscribes to over 17,500 electronic journals and magazines, most of which are available online from both on and off campus.

 Access to In-House Journals and Magazines: Paper, Microfiche and Microfilm

 Access to Journals and Magazines: Electronic Format

Hackney Library also has access to a large number of online databases in which the full text of journal and magazine articles is provided. These come both from NCLIVE databases and from individual databases that our library purchases separately from NCLIVE (for example, PsycArticles and MLA International Bibliography).

 Journal Finder

To determine what journals, magazines, and newspapers are available within the library (in paper, microfiche, or microfilm format), or are available full text online, use the Journal Finder tool in the "Journal Finder" section of our home page, as pictured below:

Screen shot of the Journal Finder search box.

(You may also access Journal Finder from within many databases by clicking on the "Check Journal Finder for full-text availability" link in the results lists resulting from searches, as highlighted in blue in the citation below:)

Screen shot of a Journal Finder link within a database

How to Use Journal Finder

How to Access Journals through Journal Finder

  • To access the online version of a journal article, do the following:
    • Click on the computer monitor icon Image of computer monitor icon
    • Then, click on the journal title (in the example below, Newsweek) to enter a database providing that journal full text:
    • Screen shot of the 'Online Access' screen indicating databases in which 'Newsweek' is available full text

      (Note: Several databases provide full-text access to Newsweek, so take note of the "Full-Text Begins" and "Full-Text Ends" dates of coverage on the right side of the Journal Finder screen to make sure that your article is included in the range of issues in the database you choose! If there is no "Full-Text Ends" date, then it is available through the most recent issue):

      Screen shot of 'Full-Text Begins' and 'Full-Text Ends' screen

    • Depending on the database:
      • Click on the appropriate year, then on the appropriate issue for your article, and browse to find your article; or
      • Refine your search further by date by typing in the month and year of your article in the "refine search" screen. Then view the results, browsing for the title of your article.

    (For help with accessing articles online, consult a reference librarian at x6502 or at

  • To see what journal or magazine issues we have within the library, do the following:
    • Click on the open book icon Image of open book icon
    • Look to see what format and what range of dates we have from the holdings screen in our catalog for that journal title. (Print is denoted as paper, microfilm as microfilm, and microfiche as microfiche in our catalog), as pictured for Newsweek below:
    • Screen shot of  the catalog record for 'Newsweek' indicating its availability and format

    For more information about Journal Finder, see the About Journal Finder page. For online help specific to Journal Finder, see the Journal Finder Help page.

Are you looking for books instead of articles? See our Finding Books page for assistance with that search. For additional assistance, see our general Help page, or contact the reference desk at (252) 399-6502 or at
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Last updated November 12, 2008