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Periodicals (journals, magazines, and newspapers) are important sources of current information and often provide more specialized or more detailed treatment of a topic than a book might provide. Using a periodical index is the most efficient way of finding out what articles have been published on a particular topic. 

 Some indexes are in electronic format (cd-rom, Internet databases, etc.), and some are in standard print format. Most libraries have a combination of index formats. Check the individual libraries to find out what electronic indexes are available at consortium libraries. Many indexes cover specific subject areas; ask for advice on which index might be best for your topic (or, read the description).  

Once you have searched the relevant index(es) and made a record of all the title, volume, and date information, you will need to find out whether any local area libraries carry the issues you need. Check your library catalog first, and then check the Online Catalogs of Consortium libraries.  

If area libraries don't have what you need, you may request copies of the articles through your Interlibrary Loan Office. Many articles from Academic Search Complete and other such databases can be printed using the printer attached to your computer or emailed to another address.  

If you need help identifying types of periodicals see Cornell University's "Distinguishing Scholarly Journals From Other Periodicals." 

Selected Online Resources: 

VIVA Electronic Journals 
VIVA Indexes and Abstracts 

VTC Library Catalogs 
Other Virginia Libraries 
Libraries throughout the world
(to see which periodicals are owned by which libraries) 

ArticleFirst  (VIVA) 

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  • Remember to obtain a Consortium card from your home library before you go to another library to check out a book.

    Contact:  Karen Vaughan  kvaughan@odu.edu
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