The Find Journals by Title feature, also called Journal Locator, allows you to see if the library subscribes to print or online copies of individual journal, magazine, or newspaper titles either directly or through one of our many databases. Journal Locator also allows you look up articles by their citation.
The default Journal Locator search is the journal title search. This search will allow you to see if the library has access to a particular title and where in our many resources it is located.
Journal Locator is very specific in its search. It will not spellcheck or find titles close to what you're looking for. What you enter is what it will look for. This can often be a problem if you only know a partial title or the group who publishes the title. For association titles it is often best to Google them first to find the correct title. For example, the American Medical Association puts out a title called JAMA: the journal of the American Medical Association. If you were to search for "American Medical Association Journal" you may not find any results depending on the search type.
Also, the search does not work if you put in partial titles, for example if you search for JAM it will not find JAMA.
From the search results you will see a list of titles matching your search criteria. Each result will list the title, format, ISSN, and what holdings the library has. Full text = Online, In Library = Print.
In the example search below for JAMA we can see there is one online source and 2 print sources.
Click on the journal title to find more information about the library's collection.
The online access points for a title will appear at the top of the record under "Full text availability for this item", while print sources are listed at the bottom of the results under "Print copies at your library". Below each entry, regardless of format, there will be the following:
This tells us we have access to JAMA through the American Medical Association from volume 279 (1998) - to the present issue.
Journal Locator allows you to search for articles by their citation to see if the library has access to the article in its digital collection.
The search requires at least any two fields be completed, with the article title and journal title/ISSN being the most important. It is suggested you start with just these two elements as others can sometimes confuse the search.
You can list the author(s) in the author field but it is usually best to list only one, and their last name only.
You can also enter the publication date, volume, issue, and pages.
While technically possible, the Journal Locator can see if the library has access to specific eBooks, you will get the better results from the Discovery Catalog.
Journal Locator is integrated into many of the library's databases. This allows you to find if an article result you have found in one database is available in another database. For instance, if the database you are searching only has the abstract of an article, often times it will present you with a link labeled "Check Journal Locator for full text availability." This link will check the Journal Locator for the article in question.
Clicking the link will result in one of three results.
1) Linking to another database.
Journal Locator was able to find the article in other databases the library subscribes to. Make sure to click the "View Full Text" option to go directly to the article. Clicking journal or collection links will bring you to the journal or collection level, which is not what most people are looking for.
The library does not have access to this article in any of its databases. You can request we attempt to get a copy of this article from another library using the Request this Item button. More on interlibrary loan is available at this link.
3) You receive neither a link to the article nor an interlibrary loan link.
This usually happens when the data sent by the database you are using is incomplete or has conflicting information, for example a mismatching volume and year. Your best option at this point is to search the library's Discovery Catalog for your article. If the catalog cannot find it, it will offer you the option to request it from another library.