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What are periodicals?


Magazines, newspapers, and journals are all types of periodicals; they are issued periodically or at regular intervals.


How do I find articles in periodicals about a given topic?



The easiest way to find articles over a topic is to search a periodical index from the library's Web site. Begin by clicking on "Articles & Databases". Next, either click on General Databases, or choose a subject from the list of Databases by Topic. When you look at the table of databases, the far right column of the table indicates whether full text articles are available in a specific database.


How do I find the full text of an article when it is unavailable from the periodical index I searched?



If a full text for an article is not available in the database you searched, try these two other databases:

(1) EBSCO A to Z tells you if a different library database has the full text of the article you need. Search EBSCO A to Z using the title of the periodical.

(2) Periodical Holdings List tells you two things:

(a) if the article is available through an e-journal subscription, and...

(b) if we subscribe to the printed version of a periodical. It also indicates which campus has the periodical and the dates available. If the periodical you need is at your home campus library, you can retrieve and photocopy the article yourself. Library staff will be happy to assist you with this process. You may also search the Library Catalog to find this information; use the "Browse Search" and selecting “journal title” from the search type menu.

How do I request an article if the periodical I need is available only at another Blinn College campus library?

Complete an article request form in the library (or the online article request form) to have a copy of the article sent to your home campus. If you need assistance, please ask a librarian.


What can I do if the library does not have print or electronic access to the full text?


Ask a librarian for help. We can show you how to search area library catalogs for availability of the periodical you need. We also can request your article from another library through interlibrary loan. Please keep in mind that materials ordered through interlibrary loan might take several days to two weeks for delivery.


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