Check for Print or Electronic Journal Availability

If you find a citation for an article, and wonder if it is available in print and/or electronic form from Preus Library, search WorldCat Local for the title of the journal (not the title of the article), and then limit to "Journal, magazine" using the checkboxes on the left column of the results page.

Imagine you wanted to find this article:

Purcell, Hugh. 2004. TOM WINTRINGHAM REVOLUTIONARY PATRIOT. History Today 54, no. 10:11-17.


You would perform your Journal Title search using the search terms History Today, and would find a result similar to this:

Journal Availability - 1


Why is the same title listed twice? Good question!

The first link takes you to the listing for our print holdings:

Journal Availability - 2

When you look at the WorldCat Local record for the journal, take note of the Call Number, Location, and Volume Number(s).

The new issues of journals are kept on the Current Periodical shelves on the Main Floor. If the date of your article is within the past few months, check there first.

Look carefully at the dates and volume numbers in the Lib. Has field to make sure the library has the volume number or year you are looking for.

The second listing in our previous example takes us to the electronic holding for the journal:

Journal Availability - 3

The links below the title and imprint will take you to the different databases we subscribe to which contain full text articles from that journal. Notice that there is a date range given at the end of every link. You can click on the database name to go directly to the database. Here you will see a page for the title in question, History Today in our example, with options to click on the date/volume information on the right to find a particular issue or to "Search within this publication", which will automatically limit your search to articles contained in this title only.