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Find Journals by Title - Journal Locator

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. 

  • Journal Locator will NOT find print books, films, or allow you to search for articles by topic like you would in a database. 

You can access Journal Locator from the "Find Journals by Title" link on the library's homepage

Find Journals, Magazine, etc.

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. 


  • search screenTitle: Enter the journal title in the title line. 
  • Next select a Search type:
    • Starts with - If you know the exact beginning of the journal title. 
    • Match all words - If you know the words in the title but not the exact order. Good for partial title searches. 
    • Match exact words - If you know the complete title
    • Match any words - Does not work as expected. Best to be avoided. 
  • ISSN: If you know the publication's ISSN number this often a better method of searching, however not always. The print version of a title will have a different ISSN than the online version. Both ISSN numbers may not be associated with the title in the record. 

screenshot of resultsFrom 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.

screenshot of the journal areaThe 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:

  • Journal:  the name of the journal and also the link directly to the journal
  • Collection: the name of the collection the journal is in and a link top that collection but not directly to the journal
  • Coverage: lists the volumes/years the library has access to from this collection. 


  • Full Text Available
  • Journal: JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association
  • Collection: American Medical Association
  • Coverage: 1998-01/07~present; volume:279~present;issue:1~present

This tells us we have access to JAMA through the American Medical Association from volume 279 (1998) - to the present issue. 








** A note about coverage: Some titles will list coverage something like 1992-04-01~4 years ago; volume:26~4 years ago;issue:1~4 years ago.
This is known as a rolling embargo, meaning the library has access to this title from 1992 to 4 years from the present date, so at the time of this edit (2022) it would be 1992-2018. This embargo moves, so in 2023 we will have access from 1992-2019. 

Find Articles From a Citation

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. 

citation search screen


Find eBooks

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 within Databases

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.

journal locator in a database

Clicking the link will result in one of three results.

  1.  You will be linked to the article in another database,
  2.  the article does not exist in another database so you are provided with an interlibrary loan option, or
  3.  you receive neither a link nor an interlibrary loan link. 


screenshot of successful attempt 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.

screenshot of ILL from journal locater2) Link to request the item through interlibrary loan.

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.