USING INDEXES TO FIND PERIODICAL ARTICLES
periodical indexes to help locate information in magazines, journals and
newspapers. The indexes may be in print or online or both. Information
that is older in nature is often found only in print indexes. Choose the
index and format best suited to your particular topic;ask a reference
librarian if you need help in determining which index and format will
be best. Many online periodical articles will be available full-text and
can be sent to your e-mail account! Develop your search skills and practice
The Library has a variety of periodical indexes to support almost every
at the subject
list of indexes
or ask a reference librarian
for suggestions. You can also look at an alphabetical
list of indexes.Take
the time to learn how to determine which periodical index to use to locate
what you need.
Selected Books In The Oakton Library
College Student's Research Companion
Call Number: Z710.Q37 (DP)
Writing The Research Paper:A Handbook with MLA & APA Documentation
Number: REF LB2369.W56 (RHC)
Learn the important differences between the
various types of periodicals. Do you need to use popular
magazines and/or scholarly
periodicals? They each serve different purposes
and are written for specific audiences.
Ulrich's Periodical Directory
to help determine if a periodical is "peer reviewed or refereed".
Oftentimes, research articles must be reviewed by a "jury" of experts
or scholars before they're published. This process is known as "peer-reviewed"
are important differences between the various types of periodicals. Learn
how to evaluate periodicals by looking at their format, intended audience,
and if possible, their physical appearance.
you're using an online periodical index, look at the "help screen"
links that can usually be found on the top or side of the screen. Information
in these "help screens" can save you time and offer ideas
on how to search more effectively and efficiently. Print indexes also
contain "help" information; check the front of an index for
periodical indexes access traditional periodicals in electronic format.
These periodicals include Newsweek, The New England Journal
of Medicine and Smithsonian. Some periodicals may have their
own web sites but that information may not be complete or may require
a fee to access and obtain.
Many of the articles that you locate
in online periodical indexes will be full text. If not, check the periodical
subscription list to determine if Oakton subscribes
to the periodical. The periodical subscription list is also available
in print at service desks throughout the Library.
Many online periodical indexes now display Oakton subscription information.
Check the screen to see if the Oakton Library subscribes to the periodical
you want. If
we subscribe to the periodical, ask for it by title in the Periodicals
Department. If we don't subscribe, ask a reference librarian about locating
it through a different
full text online periodical index or through