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Last Updated: Jul 19, 2017     Views: 5974

Finding Journals

Journals or Magazines by Title

If you know the title of the journal or magazine you want, or if you have a bibliographic citation for an article, click here.

Journal or Magazine Articles

To find articles on a particular subject, search one or more of the databases on our Databases Page. You can get to it via the Library Home Page in the "Featured Links" section to the right of the page.
  Databases Link on the Library Homepage
     
Once at the databases page: if you need guidance in choosing a database, click on appropriate subject category. 

 

Otherwise, if you know the name of the database, then click on the first letter of its name in the alphabetical listing towards the top.

 (The image at right only shows the top of half of the page; there are more subject categories).

  Screenshot of the Library Databases Page with some Ag Subjects highlighted
     

At right is an example of the products available from a single subject category (here it is Animal Science).  Click on the "I" icon next to the name of a product to read a description of it.

If you feel daring, the "Quicksearch" option on the upper right will allow you to search multiple products at a time.

  Screen shot of the Databases for Animal science
     

A database product will have one or more search boxes where you can type your search term(s),  An advanced search screen will usually have multiple boxes with the and / or operators.

There may be other options for searching such as filters for peer reviewed, review articles, empirical articles, range of dates, etc.

There may also be specialized filters for particular types of  subject matter.

  Screen shot of Ebsco Biological Abstracts search form
     

After you do a search in the database, look at the results screen very carefully. Full Text icons and notations are very important. If there is any full text icon or notation (as in number 23) near an item you want, click on that to get a copy of the article that you can read right on the screen.

Using Find It!
If there is no full text icon or notation (as is the case for number 24) click on the "Find It!" button.

The "Find It!" button can look like these icons

  Screenshot of search results from the Biological Abstacts
 

You will then get a Find It! services screen; first look for indications that there is full text. If you use this option, full text may be one click or many clicks away.

If there are no indications of full text, then click on check for holdings in the Library Catalog- you will then get an automatic search for that title in the Library catalog. If we have the title in the catalog, you may find link to an electronic version there or you have to use hard copies of items here in the building. Click here to see a sample of a library catalog record for a journal.

  Screenshot of a Find It! screen
If there are no full text links, there will be a link to Document Delivery. Use it to get a copy of the item.   Part of the Find It! services screen, showing a link to Document Delivery

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