Highlights: Library Guides
Guide 1: Locating
Articles in Periodicals: Using Periodical Indexes
(magazines, journals, newspapers) are a major source of information,
and are especially valuable for current information on a variety
of subjects. Periodical indexes can be used to locate articles in
indexes are listings of articles, from periodicals, arranged
alphabetically by subject. Some indexes cover specific subjects
(i.e., The Business Periodicals Index) while others cover
a variety of subjects (i.e., Readers' Guide To Periodical Literature).
To link to our
electronic journal indexes, click
A PERIODICAL INDEX:
an index that covers your subject area. The library owns over
80 periodical indexes. For a list of available indexes and their
locations see the list, Index List, posted near the third
floor information desk. Below are some examples of indexes available
in the Brooklyn Campus Library.
Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature (covers most subjects)
Business Periodicals Index
Social Sciences Index
General Humanities Index
2. Look up
the topic in the index. Periodical indexes are arranged alphabetically
by subject. For example, to identify articles on reforming American
health care, one can look in a recent volume of Reader's Guide
to Periodical Literature under HEALTH CARE REFORM. The 2004
volume (Volume 64) lists many articles under that heading, among
Ailing Pharma. S. Forbes v 174 no 10 p35N 15 2004.
The Decline of the Family Doctor. P.R. Alper. Policy
Review no 124 p41-62 Ap/My 2004
Putting a Value on Health. D. Peck Atlantic Monthly (1993)
v293 no 1 p142-4 Ja/F 2004
evaluate the list of articles. Once the appropriate articles are
found, copy the full citation in the index. A full bibliographic
citation includes the title, author and page numbers of an article,
as well as the volume, date, and name of the journal it was published
to see if the library subscribes to the periodical. There are
several ways to determine which periodicals the library owns: consult
the periodicals holding book (located at the Reference Desk on the
third floor or the Periodicals Desk on the fourth floor), check
in the LIUCAT
(the library's online catalog), or check the list of full-text journals
(to see if LIU has on-line access). There are several options for
obtaining needed materials not available at LIU. You may either
request the item from another library through the Interlibrary
Loan Department, or obtain a Metro referal to a library where
the material is available. Please consult a reference librarian
about these options.
5. Fill out
a periodicals request slip. To obtain the complete article fill
out a request slip for the magazine journal or newspaper, and hand
it in at the Periodicals Desk on the fourth floor. A Periodical
staff person will retrieve the magazine, journal or newspaper.
TIPS ON USING PERIODICAL INDEXES:
names, company names, and organizations, may also be subjects. For
instance, the 1994 volume of Reader's Guide has a substantial
number of articles about Fidel Castro. Here is an example of three:
Castro and pridefall.
W.F. Buckley. National Review v46 p78-9 S 26 '94
Castro Gambles on the dollar. O.Davila Andrade, il World Press Review
v40 p19-20 O '93
Castro's Legacy. E.F. Betancourt. Society v31 p66-72 JL/Ag '94
Indexes frequently provide cross references ("See" and "See also"
references) that direct the user to the appropriate subject term(s)
for the topic. For example, the cross-reference below indicates
that articles on IMMIGRANT LABOR will be found under the subject
heading ALIEN LABOR not IMMIGRANT LABOR.
LABOR See Alien Labor
The "see also"
reference means that in addition to listing articles under the subject
heading DISCRIMINATION related articles can be found under the headings
Affirmative action, etc.
DATABASES: ELECTRONIC INDEXES
databases have emerged as the primary way to locate articles in
periodicals. Like the print indexes, they are a compilation of
bibliographic citations on particular subjects or information
of general interest. The Brooklyn Campus Library subscribes to
man of these (see "Online
Databases"). Most can be accessed from off campus, an
may provide the full text of articles as well as the bibliographic
Before attempting to retrieve citations from the online databases,
it may be useful to consult a Reference Librarian. A Reference
Librarian will assist in choosing the appropriate database (or
print index), and help to construct the search so that relevant
citations are retrieved.