Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Jul 24, 2017     Views: 159

You can find a journal by going to the library homepage, and selecting Periodical Finder under the "Find Books, Articles, & More" drop down in the gray bar at the top of the page. You can either search for journals by Title, Subject, or ISSN/ISBN, Browse by Title, or Browse by Subject.

To search by title, subject, or ISBN

  1. Enter the title, subject, or ISSN/ISBN in the search box an press search

    Screenshot of an example search in the periodical finder

  2. Your results will appear

    Screenshot of the search results for example search

  3. You will see a list of databases that have the journal.  Be sure to look carefully at the dates before selecting a database.  In this example, Computing Database only has coverage until October 31, 2001.  If you want more recent coverage, your best bet would be Business Source Ultimate.
  4. Once you are in the database, you can browse issues by date or search for a particular keyword or article.

To browse by title

  1. You can browse for journals by title by using the "Browse By Journal Title" alphabet located underneath the search box.  

    Periodical Finder Browse by Title Screenshot

  2. If your journal starts with a B, click B and a new page will appear.  You can limit your results by selecting "peer reviewed journals," indicating a subject, or selecting a publisher.

    Screenshot of what the browse by title screen looks like

  3. Once you find the journal you are looking for, you will want to select the database that has the best date range for you to search in or locate a specific article.

Browse by discipline

  1. You can browse for journals by discipline by using the "Browse by Discipline" area located below the "Browse by Journal Title" alphabet.
  2. You can select the discipline you are looking to explore, for example, Engineering. 

    Periodical Finder Browse by Discipline Screenshot

  3. Your results will open on a new page.  You can limit your results by selecting peer reviewed journals, selecting a narrower subject(s) (for example, mechanical engineering), or by indicating a source type.

    Screenshot of results page of browsing by discipline

You can also find a journal by using the Online Library Catalog to search by ISSN or Journal Title. Check out the video below for more information.

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