Finding Periodicals and Periodical Articles
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WHAT ARE PERIODICALS?
Periodicals are continuous publications such as journals, newspapers, or magazines.
The Cornell Library Catalog includes records for all the periodicals which are received by all the individual units of the Cornell University Library (Music Library, Mann Library, Law Library, Uris Library, etc.).
The Cornell Library Catalog does not include information on individual articles in periodicals. To find individual periodical articles by subject, article author, or article title, use periodical indexes.
When you know the periodical title (Scientific American, The New York Times, Newsweek) search the Cornell Library Classic Catalog by journal title in Basic Search.
TO FIND AN ARTICLE, USE PERIODICAL INDEXES
When you don't have the citation to a specific article, but you do want to find articles on a subject, by a specific author or authors, or with a known article title, you need to use one or more periodical indexes. But how do you know which periodical index to use?
What kind of periodicals are you looking for?
Remember you can always review the titles of periodical indexes available online by searching or clicking on subject categories in the Database Names section of the Library home page.
WHEN YOU HAVE THE CITATION TO A SPECIFIC ARTICLE, USE THE CORNELL LIBRARY CLASSIC CATALOG
When you do have the citation or reference to a periodical article--if you know at least the title of the periodical and the issue date of the article you want--you can find its location at Cornell by using the Cornell Library Classic Catalog. Click on the Basic Search button, highlight "Journal Title" in the "Search By:" box, click in the search box, type in the title of the periodical in the search box, and press <enter>. Don't use the abbreviated titles that are often used in periodical indexes; remember to omit "a," "an" or "the" when you type in the periodical title.
SEARCH EXAMPLES IN THE CORNELL LIBRARY CLASSIC CATALOG:
* When searching for the title, The Chronicle
Type the following in the search box: chronicle
* When searching for the title, Journal of Modern History
Type the following in the search box: journal of modern history
* When searching for the title, Annales Musicologiques: Moyen-Age et Renaissance
You may type the following: annales musicologiques moyen age
Depending on the number of records your search retrieves from the Cornell Library Catalog, you will see either a list of entries or a single record for an individual periodical title. If there is a list of titles, scroll through it and click on the line that lists the journal title you want to see the call number and location information.
If the journal is available in electronic form, there will be a link following the field labelled "Electronic access:" in the catalog record. Click on this link. In most cases, this will take you to the opening screen for the journal, and you can choose the issue you want from there. If the link takes you to ProQuest, click on the the tab labeled "Periodicals" at the top of the ProQuest search page. Then search for the journal title you want.
If the journal is available in print form, record the call number and any additional location information in the catalog record. Now you're ready to find it on the shelf. Consult the local stack directory for the call number locations in individual libraries.
LOCATING PRINTED PERIODICALS ON THE SHELVES
* CURRENT PERIODICALS: Periodicals noted as "Current issues in Periodicals Room" in the Cornell Library Catalog are shelved by title in the Current Periodicals Room on the main level in Olin Library. This room is immediately to the right and down the hall as you enter Olin Library. Only a small selection of current periodicals is in this room: all other current periodical issues go directly to the Olin stacks where they are shelved by call number.
* BACK PERIODICALS are shelved by call number in the Olin and Uris Library stacks. Some back periodicals are shelved in specific subject rooms; watch for location notes in the Cornell Library Catalog record for the title you want.
Pay attention to the + and ++ indicators by the call number. Titles with the + and ++ (Oversize) designations and titles with no plus marks are each shelved in separate sections on each floor in Olin Library.
Back issues on microfilm, microfiche, and microprint are housed near the Olin Library Media Center on the lower or B Level.
Notes on Periodicals in Uris Library:
* CURRENT PERIODICALS: A small collection of current periodicals are shelved underneath the large windows opposite the circulation desk in the Dean Room. The length of time that back issues will be retained on these shelves is noted on the shelf label in small print.
* BACK PERIODICALS: Back issues of periodicals that are bound are shelved by call number in Olin and Uris Libraries. Back issues on microfiche are located in the Olin Library Media Center.
Revised 19 September 2012