"Journal Locator What is Journal Locator The Journal Locator "
Journal Locator What is Journal Locator? The Journal Locator provides information on the journals, periodicals and newspapers available from Shenandoah University Libraries. Included are print and microfilm subscriptions, plus the electronic full-text journals searchable through online periodical indexes and other services to which the Library subscribes. Links to print journals will take you to entries in SU's Webcat online catalog, which will provide details on volumes and formats available. Links to electronic journals will take you to an opening page in the full-text database or electronic journal collection. You may have to conduct a search of that database to retrieve the specific article you want. How can I find out if the SU library has the journal I need in print, microfilm, or full text online? You can use the Journal Locator to find a specific journal title in two ways: 1. Find an electronic or print journal title. Use the search engine to search for a specific publication. Click the down arrow, choose the type of search (such as Title Begins With), enter the information in the box, and click Search. 2. Search the Alphabetical title list and browse a list of available titles. To see the list, click the first letter of the journal title and look for your title on the list. If I find the journal title, how do I know if the journal is print, microfilm, or full text online? Look first at the links that appear under the journal title. 1. If you see SU Journal Collection listed under the journal title, click that link to take you to the SU's Webcat online catalog. The catalog will provide holdings and location information. The catalog record will indicate whether back issues of a journal might be on microfilm or not. Sometimes an additional link to the online version of the journal is provided in the catalog record. 2. If you see link or links to a library database (such as ABI Inform or Expanded Academic or Wilson OmniFile) or to an electronic journal collection (such as Blackwell/Synergy or Journals@OVID or Oxford Journals Online), this means that the journal can be found full text online. Notice first the years of coverage. Then click the link to the database or e-journal. How do I access a journal in the SU Journal Collection? • If you are a local student, please come to the SU library to get the article(s) you need. When you are in the library, ask the library staff for assistance. • If you are an off campus student, as described in the library Off-Campus guide http://www.su.edu/library/Offcampus.htm, you may wish to request document delivery. How do I get a full text journal if Journal Locator indicates it is available in that format? Databases and electronic journal collections are constructed differently, so you will see a variety of screens. A link might take you to one of several places: 1. To a table of contents screen for a specific journal, magazine, or newspaper. From here, find the volume and issue that you need. You may need to browse a table of contents to find your article. 2. To a search screen for a specific journal, magazine, or newspaper. In this case, it may be necessary for you to enter keywords or phrases from the title of the article that you need. 3. To the main search screen for a database. If so, try one of the following: • Enter keywords or phrases from the title of the article that you need. • Enter the article author’s name. • Check to see if one of the advanced search options allows you to limit your search by journal title, author, date, etc. • Look for a list of journals included in the database. Sometimes you can link to a table of contents page from such a list. What should I do if I come to a login page? Most SU library databases are accessible with your SU username and password. If you encounter a journal that requires a separate username and password, go to the Password Page. Please contact the library if you need help with the Password Page. What do I do if I can’t find the journal I’m looking for in the Journal Locator? You may wish to request an interlibrary loan for the article(s) you need. Read the instructions on the Off Campus guide at http://www.su.edu/library/Offcampus.htm and more detailed information about interlibrary loans on the library’s User Services page http://www.su.edu/library/borrserv.htm.