Periodicals are publications issued at regular intervals (daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly) such as newspapers, magazines, and journals.
Many periodicals are originally published in print form (available at newsstands and through subscription). The library subscribes to databases that offer an electronic version of the text of selected articles from many periodicals.
Use periodicals for current information, for latest trends and research, for hard to find information, and for briefer coverage than books.
See the yellow handout - to determine if a periodical is scholarly or "peer-reviewed" as opposed to being a popular or a trade magazine.
Finding Mass Circulation & Industry Periodical Articles
All of the following databases can be found under the Databases tab, on the library's home page. For best results use the Advanced Search features of any database.
Selected Indexes to Articles in Popular Periodicals and Trade Journals
Finding a Copy of a Periodical Article
Locating the full text of the article in electronic form:
If there is no full text with the citation for an article in a database, click on link to or Find It!. If a full text of the article is available in another database, there will be a link connecting you to that database, where you can locate the article in the appropriate volume, or search for the article by title or author.
You can also determine whether a periodical is available electronically by clicking on the Journals tab on the library home page and entering the periodical title in the search box. If the title is available in electronic form, check the coverage, and click on the database link(s) and search for the item(s) needed. If the title is available in the library, click on "SUNY-Oneonta Print Holdings" and then on "Is it here?" to see the complete holdings.
Locating the article in print or microfilm, if not available in electronic form:
If under "Links to Full Text," there is a link to the title, click on "Journal," and then on "Is it here?" Check "Summary holdings" to see if Milne Library has the particular issue needed and in what form the article can be found. Periodicals are located on compact shelving or in microfilm drawers on floor P.
Requesting an article on Interlibrary Loan:
If you find an article from a periodical that is not available at Milne Library in any form after you have linked to "Check Library Catalog", you can request the article through the link Request via Interlibrary Loan on the record for the article needed (see computer screen that comes up after you click on Find It!). You need to be registered to submit ILL requests. See a librarian for help. You can also request articles through the InterLibrary Loan login link on the library web site under the "Students & Faculty Services" tab.
Finding an Article from a Citation
If you have the citation for a periodical article, use the Journals tab on the left of the library home page. Then type in the title of the journal or magazine. The resulting list will indicate which database(s) include the periodical. Follow the link to one of the databases, then either follow the links to the correct issue of the periodical, or locate a "search" box to type in the title of the article. If the library subscribes to the periodical in print or microform, this will be indicated as well. Follow the link(s) to see what years the library subscribes to.
- Milne Library's online catalog lists and describes the books and other materials in the Library and indicates where to find them. It cannot be used to find individual journal articles.
- The online catalog is the default search box on the library's homepage. A Word Anywhere search is useful if you do not know the exact author, title or subject. Truncate or shorten terms using the question mark (?) or asterisk (*) if uncertain of spelling or searching variations of a word.
In your set of results, note availability under the heading "Owned/Out." WorldCat is an online database listing materials in thousands of libraries worldwide. Use the WorldCat tab on the top right of the library home page. The results list will indicate if Milne Library or Hartwick College owns the item. You can check out items at Hartwick College with your SUNY Oneonta ID card. If you want an item that is not owned by Milne or Hartwick,click on the
- Google Books
- Unlike WorldCat and MilneCat, which search only the author, book title, and chapter titles for a book, Google Books searches the full contents of books. Once you find a good book, use the link to "Find a Library" to locate a copy of the book.