How Do I Search for Journals?
Do you know the NAME of the journal?
Note: You can find the titles of journals in the CAT, but not the individual articles within the journals. If you are searching for journal articles on a specific topic, go to the Libraries' homepage (libraries.psu.edu) and choose Find Research Guides by Subject. When you find your subject research guide, you will find a list of the databases you can use to find articles.
At the Quick Search screen, type the journal name in the search box, and select "Journal Title" from the drop-down menu. Then, click the "Begins With (Browse)" radio button. The CAT will retrieve journal titles that begin with the words you type.
Exact journal title searching
Another option is to select the "Exact" radio button. In Quick Search, type the journal name in the search box, and select "Journal Title" from the drop-down menu. Then, click the "Exact"; radio button.
One-Word Titles: "Exact" is especially useful if the journal's title consists of one very common word, such as Science, Cell, or Time. "Exact" allows you to search only for journals that specifically match on the words you type. Keep in mind that you may still have to scroll down through the list of search results to find the specific journal title that you are seeking.
Are you looking for journals on a particular SUBJECT?
First, go to the Advanced Search screen. There, type your subject word(s) in the first search box and select "Topic: Title + Subject" from the drop-down menu. Then, select "Periodicals" from the "Material Type" drop-down menu at the bottom of the screen.
Once I find journals in The CAT, how do I access them?
Online Content: If the journal is available electronically, there will often be a direct link, labeled "Online Content." Click this link to go to the database featuring the journal. Print Format: At the journal's detailed screen, look at the "Locations" area of the record to see where bound and unbound issues of the journal are kept in the library. Note the call number for the bound volume(s).
Are you looking for ONLINE journals?
Other ways to find online journals include Citation Linker and the E-Journal List which can be found on the Libraries' homepage (libraries.psu.edu).