2 Periodicals What are they A serial publication with its own distinctive title containing a mix of articles editorials reviews columns short stories poems or other short works written by more than one contributor issued in softcover more than once generally at regular stated intervals of less than a year without prior decision as to when the final issue will appear. Although each issue is complete in itself its relationship to preceding issues is indicated by enumeration usually issue number and volume number printed on the front cover. Content is controlled by an editor or editorial board. From ODLIS -- Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science (http//lu.com/odlis/odlis_p.cfm) 3 Periodicals types
Magazines or popular periodicals
Journals can be
peer-reviewed or refereed
See the Librarys guide Types of Periodicals
4 Peer-reviewed Journals
How can you tell
(bold font more reliable measures)
Publisher is it a scholarly or professional organization or a commercial publisher
Editors is there an editorial board
Authors are articles signed with authors affiliations given
Sources (references) given do the articles have footnotes and/or bibliographies
Writing style written for the general reader or assuming a certain level of knowledge
See the librarys guide Scholarly or Popular
5 Accessing articles in periodicals
Articles in periodicals are usually indexed somewhere
Periodical indexes used to be available only in print format alphabetical lists by subject and author mainly.
Now almost all periodical indexes are available electronically usually on the Web. These electronic indexes are generally called databases.
Electronic databases are provided by vendors such as Ebsco Ovid FirstSearch etc.
All databases from the same vendor will have the same interface and the same underlying search engine.
However each database has its own unique structure not every database has the same fields that can be searched.
6 Common Database Features
All Library Databases have Indexes fields that you can search by
Source (journal) title
other specialized indexes depending on the database
Most databases provide abstracts of the articles
Some databases provide the full-text of some or all of the articles they index
7 Common Database Features
All databases are searchable (the search engine depends on the vendor some databases are available through several different vendors). Search engines provided by major vendors allow for
Boolean searching (using AND OR and NOT)
Truncation or wildcards
Limiting e.g. by publication date by language by type of document or article
Marking and saving of citations for e-mail downloading or printing
and at the UO a link through FindText to the electronic full-text of an article the catalog record for the periodical or an interlibrary loan form.
8 Finding Periodicals in the UO Libraries
The Library Catalog
Do a search by title (limiting to journals and serials if the title is likely to bring up a lot of non-periodical records)
The holdings information in the catalog record will tell you what years volumes and issues of that journal we have in print and also what (if any) we have access to online. See How to Read a Catalog Record for a Periodical
9 Finding Periodicals contd.
From the FindText link on the Librarys home page you can look up a journal by title to see if we have it available electronically.
From almost all of our databases when you find a citation you can click on the button. A menu will pop up giving you links to
Electronic full-text (if available).
The library catalog which will automatically search for the journal so that you can see if we have it in print.
If not available from either of the above ways an interlibrary loan form.
Ulrichs Periodical Directory which can tell you if a journal is peer-reviewed.
10 Databases for Periodical Literature
General and Multidisciplinary
Academic Search Premier is always a good place to start
From the center section of the library home page go to Find and Index by Subject General Interdisciplinary to see a list of more databases
Databases range from bare-bones indexes (Register-Guard) to all full-text (Lexis-Nexis Academic)
Subject-Specific Periodical Databases
A database like Academic Search Premier while a good starting-off point is not adequate for advanced research in a discipline
There are very comprehensive databases for just about any and every discipline
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