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Searching for Articles in Periodical Databases

Periodical databases are found in the computer reference departments of public, school, and college libraries.These online databases afford the average citizen access to thousands of magazine and newspaper files that would otherwise be unattainable. Periodical databases are a valuable Internet resource because of their depth of coverage, broad audience appeal, and full text potential.

It is not easy to find the complete text of articles from journals and newspapers through a general search on the Internet. Older issues are especially difficult to find. Libraries help bridge this gap by investing in collections of electronic databases that provide comprehensive coverage of periodical literature going back several years. These online databases are professionally indexed and include popular magazines as well as research-oriented publications. Chances are higher that you will retrieve accuarate and relevant data because consistent terminology and standardized subject headings are used to categorize all of the articles.

Audiences Served
Some periodical databases specialize in academic or scholarly journals, but many focus on general interest or popular magazines. The wide-ranging needs of children, students, and adults are well-served by the varied databases available in libraries. Learn about the subject coverage of different databases and choose one that is most likely to meet your information needs. By design, databases are easy to use, accepting keywords or terms the searcher is familiar with and accepting special limiters, such as, date ranges or individual magazine titles.

Full Text Access
An online database search generates a list of articles pertaining to the subject of the search. Generally, the list of articles will reflect a variety of magazine sources. However, a search may be customized and limited to a single magazine or publication title. An abstract or summary is provided to help you judge the content of the article. The results list provides identifying information about the specific magazine article, so it can be located in the library or requested through interlibrary loan from another library. About 80% of database articles are available in full text (FT) for immediate reading and printing.

PIONEER - Access to Databases

The state of Utah is served by a consortium of libraries and educational organizations that have combined funds and energy to develop and maintain PIONEER: Utah's Online Library. One of PIONEERīS strongest contributions is the statewide presence of a set of premium databases, freely available to the public for in-library and in-home use. Librarians at your local school (k-12), public library, college or university library will help you get connected with Pioneer.

Learn more about article searching

Internet Navigator - Module 3. "Using Article Databases". Utah Academic Library Consortium (UALC). Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah.

TILT - Module 2. "Choosing a Database". Texas Information Literacy Tutorial (TILT). University of Texas System Digital Library.

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