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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.
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".
|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|
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:
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:
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:
(For more information about how to use Journal Finder, see the Journal Finder section on this page.)
Choosing the Appropriate Index or 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.
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.
In addition to many indexes in subject areas, Hackney Library provides access to two "general with full-text" indexes: Academic Search Premier, 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.
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).
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:
(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:)
How to Use Journal Finder
How to Access Journals through Journal Finder
(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):
(For help with accessing articles online, consult a reference librarian at x6502 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Last updated November 6, 2008
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