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Using the Periodical Finder

The Periodical Finder This link opens in a new window is a search tool that allows you to search at the journal level rather than the article level. If there is a specific journal you are looking for, you can search by journal title or ISSN (the unique identifier applied to each journal). If you want to see a list of journals, you can browse by title or discipline. The Periodical Finder will show you if the library has access to a journal, where you can access the journal (in a database or in our print collection), and the date range available for full text access.

You can find the Periodical Finder on the library homepage by going to the "Find Articles, eBooks, & More" drop-down in the menu bar across the top of the page, and selecting the "Periodical Finder" option.


The Periodical Finder's search box allows you to search for journals, newspapers, and other publications. You can do a keyword search, or search for the title of a specific journal:

Periodical Finder search box

The search results will show you which databases have full text access to the journal, as well as the available date range for each one:

Periodical Finder search results

You can choose a database with a favorable date range for your research needs. Once you click on a database name, you will have options to search for articles within the journal or browse journal issues.


The Periodical Finder allows you to browse by title using the alphabet links, or by discipline using the available subject areas:

Periodical Finder browse by title or by discipline

Once you choose a beginning letter or discipline, you will have options to narrow your results further with a Refine Results column on the left side of the page. You can limit to just Peer Reviewed Journals, a specific Subject term, and more:

Periodical FInder search resutls and filter options

You can also find a journal by using the Online Library Catalog to search by ISSN or Journal Title.

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