How do I Find Popular Magazine Articles?
Examples: Time, Newsweek, Psychology Today, Sports Illustrated.
Step 1. Search for Articles On Your Topic
Search databases that contain citations to popular magazine articles such as:
- The results screen will list the articles. The "Note" line will say whether we subscribe to the magazine in paper copy: "This title is held locally." Check the online catalog to see whether the magazine is in the Current Periodicals Room or in the stacks downstairs. About one third of the database is available full text electronically as indicated by the "Full Text" icon.
- Check off OmniFile Full Text Mega and Search Plus. At the search screen, pull down the menu at the Subject Area line and specify Readers' Guide. Type in search term(s). The results screen will list the articles. About one third of the database is available full text electronically as indicated by the full text icon. Articles without the icon may be available in paper in the library. Check the magazine title in the online catalog.
You may have occasion to get articles written before the mid 1980s. The following printed indexes go back to 1802 and help you access these older articles.
These indexes are shelved in the Reference Room areas:
Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature, 1900 to date. Ref AI3 .R48
Nineteenth-Century Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature, 1890-1899. Ref AI3 .R47
Poole's Index to Periodical Literature, 1802-1906. Ref AI3 .P7
Poole's Index to Periodical Literature - Cumulative Author Index, 1802-1906. Ref AI3 .W3
Step 2. Find a Copy of the Article
If you are searching a fulltext database the entire article may be available for download, email, or print out. If so, click on the link for the article.
Not all articles are available as fulltext through the web, however. Many articles must or can only be found in printed journals that the library owns.
If the library does not own a copy of the journal, you can submit an Interlibrary Loan Request.
Step 3. Read, Download, Photocopy, Email, or Print Out the Article
For fulltext from the web, read, download, email, or print the article. For print on paper in the periodical stacks read or photocopy the article. Be sure to cite the article if you use it in your paper.