Online Databases: Magazines and Journals
Magazine and Journal Articles Databases
CSM Library subscribes to a number of databases that index magazine and journal articles. (For a discussion about the differences between popular magazines and scholarly journals, refer back to the section on "Determining Sources of Information.") Many, but not all, of these publications are available in full-text. In some cases, you will only be able to see basic bibliographic information about articles from the indexed publications, e.g. title, author, date, and possibly an abstract. In most databases there is a box you can check if you only want to see citations for articles for which the full text is available.
If you want to see whether the library subscribes to a specific magazine or journal (either in print or online), use the "Find Periodicals" search engine. This is also the best way to find a specific article if you have a citation for it. You can also browse publications by subject on this page.
In most cases, however, you will be searching for articles on a given topic and will want to search multiple publications simultaneously. To do this, you will use one of the many periodical databases to whichthe library subscribes. For a full list of these databases, organized by topic, consult our Online Databases page.
Some of the major general-interest, multidisciplinary magazine and journal databases the library subscribes to are:
As with the library catalog, use keyword searches in these databases to lead you to relevant subject headings. It's also a good idea to use the advanced rather than the basic search interfaces.
Understanding Periodical Citations
Let's examine the information presented here:
Note: The type of information you will see in the citation will vary from database to database and will depend on the type of publication and article being described.
Using Expanded Academic Step by Step
2. Do a keyword search for Genetic Engineering.
3. You will get many, many results. Note that these are organized under various tabs based on the category of publication ("Academic Journals," "Magazines," "News," etc.).
4. At this point, if you wish, you can limit your results to full-text or peer-reviewed publications by checking the relevant boxes at the top of the screen.
5. Scroll through the search results under any of the tabs and click on the title of a relevant record. The full-text article will be displayed when available. The article may also be available as a PDF file (which will show you the article exactly as it appeared in print).
6. To print or e-mail an article, look for the appropriate icons at the top or on the side of the screen.
7. To go back to your original results list, click the "Results" link near the top of the screen.
8. To find other articles on the same subject, use the "Related Subjects" links on the lefthand side of any article.