How do I find a periodical?

A periodical is a publication that appears regularly at fixed intervals which may be daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, etc.

Typical periodicals are:

  • newspapers
  • magazines
  • scholarly journals

The Barret Library has print (paper) and electronic subscriptions to many periodicals. Some periodicals will have only paper, only microform or only electronic versions while other titles may have a combination of any of these three formats.

To see if we subscribe or have subscribed in the past to a periodical, search the periodical’s title in the Library’s Online Catalog. The catalog does not list individual articles published in the periodicals.

  • Type the name of the periodical in the search blank.
  • Open the pull down menu and select “Periodical Title”
  • Click Search

This is the entry that appeared in the online catalog when the catalog was searched for the Economist:

Click on the Details button to see additional information about this title.

The HOLDINGS statement indicates that you will find:

  • Current issues on display on the Second Floor.
  • Bound issues on the shelves on the Second Floor.
  • Some back issues of this periodical are kept in Microforms (in the Information Commons area of the First Floor).
  • Online or electronic Issues are available online since 1998. To see the electronic version of this title, click on the URL link labeled: A Look Inside.

Search the Electronic Journals list when there is no listing in the online catalog for the title that you need. The Electronic Journals list is a simple, alphabetic listing of journals to which we have full-text electronic access.

If you still do not find the journal or newspaper that you need, you can place anĀ Interlibrary Loan (ILL) (login required) request.