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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".

bulletChoosing the Appropriate Index or Indexes

 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

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 reference@barton.edu.

Last updated November 6, 2008
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