The Difference Between a Popular Magazine and a Scholarly Journal
The picture on the left is of three magazines. Magazines publish articles on popular subjects and current events that interest the general public. They will include a number of advertisements.
The picture on the right is of three journals. Scholarly journals are written by academic or professionals in a subject field. The articles that are published in a professional journal are examined by others in their profession to determine if they have the quality necessary to be published. We call this "peer reviewed". The articles may be on very specific topics or may cover research. Journals do not contain advertisements and the articles frequently contain a list of references at the end.
Magazines and Journals When you walk past the Loan Desk into the main library area on first floor you will see two ranges of shelving with slanted shelves displaying the current periodicals (magazines and journals) in alphabetical order by title which Levitt Library subscribes to. Levitt Library subscribes to approximately 100 titles. Under the most current periodical you will find a stack of other issues for the same year.
Magazines and Journals from the previous year will be found on shelves just north of the current periodicals on first floor. They will be shelved in boxes alphabetically by their title. Magazines and Journals over two years old are shelved by their call number with our books and other materials. To find the call number, look under the most current issue on the slanted shelf where the current periodicals are shelved and you will find a card containing the title and its call number or search in the Online Catalog.
Newspapers Levitt Library subscribes three local newspapers. The most current York News Times is kept behind the Loan Desk on reserve. Ask for it at the Loan Desk.
York News Times newspapers that are more than one day old are kept on the atlas stand to the right of the lounge area. Due to a lack of space, newspapers are only kept for three weeks. The most current Omaha World Herald, and Lincoln Journal Star can be found on the newspaper rack at the end of the current periodicals shelving. These newspapers that are more than one day old but less than three weeks old may be found on the dictionary stand to the right of the lounge area.
This Medical Journals site provides free full-text access to several medical journals, such as the Journal of Cell Biology, JAMA, and Journal of Bacteriologyto name a few. Some have free access to current issues, but some titles are only free after six months, one year or two years after publication. After clicking on the title of a journal, a window comes up where you can browse through the titles of several articles or search for a specific topic. You can find this site at Free Medical Journals.com.
How to Use Print and Online Indexes Online Indexes CQ Researcher Index CQ Researcher reports on important social issues. One whole issue will cover a specific topic. This is a good place to go to try to make a decision on the topic for a paper as well as to find information for your papers.
This online index is a simple listing of articles grouped by general topics. The title of each article is followed by the date, as well as the page number, of the print copy of CQ Researcher. The most recent copies of CQ Researcher are found on the Current Periodicals shelves, and past years' issues are found on the top shelf in the Juvenile books section on the east wall of the main floor. Bound copies of CQ Researcher are found upstairs in the stacks, under the call number QUARTO PER D 414 .E3 . Index Online.
Librarians use the term "periodical" to include all magazines and journals. Our current print indexes are located on first floor to the left as you enter from the Loan Desk area; the shelves on the north wall and the shelves facing north. Current print indexes are interfiled with the older indexes.
Here you will find the current Biography Index, Book Review Digest, Business Periodicals Index, Education Index, Humanities Index, Readers Guide to Periodical Literature, Social Science Index, and General Science Index, Religion Index One, Religion index Two, and Restoration Serials Index. They are shelved in order by their call numbers.
One question we are frequently asked is "How do I know which magazines and journals Levitt Library has?" In the front of the index you will find the list of periodicals and their abbreviations that are covered in that particular index. The titles with a checkmark by them are the ones Levitt Library subscribes to.
At the end of the year (which will vary on the various indexes) Levitt Library will receive a bound volume containing all of the information found in the current index of a certain title. When using one of these, one can find all of the articles that were written in the periodicals the index covers on a specific subject for the whole year. These indexes are found on shelves clear to the North wall of the first floor of Levitt Library.
These should also have a list of periodicals in the front with checkmarks by the titles Levitt Library subscribed to that particular year.
Readers Guide to Periodical Literature is a general index that covers a broad area of subjects. The subject and author entries are alphabetized. At the end of the book, you will find a list of book review citations.
Biography Index indexes biographical material from periodicals. It contains the index information for biographies, autobiographies, "interviews, obituaries, collections of letters, diaries, memoirs, juvenile literature, book reviews, and bibliographies."Biography Index.New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 58(2).
Book Review Digest "provides citations to and excerpts of reviews of current juvenile and adult fiction and nonfiction in the English Language." It does not index technical books, textbooks or government publications.Book Review Digest.New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 100(7).
Business Periodicals Index contains entries alphabetized by subject, company, or personal name in English. The end of the book contains citations of book reviews
Education Index indexes information from books, magazines and journals that are educational publications in English.
Humanities Index alphabetizes indexed articles by author and subject. The "subject fields indexed include archaeology and classical studies, area studies, folklore, history, language and literature, performing arts, philosophy, religion and theology, and related subjects."Humanities Index. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 31(4).
Social Sciences Index "consists of author and subject entries to periodicals in the fields of anthropology, area studies, community health and medical care, criminal justice and criminology, economics, family studies, geography, gerontology, international relations, law, minority studies, planning and public administration, policy sciences, political science, psychiatry, psychology, social work and public welfare, sociology, urban studies, women's studies, and related subjects."The end of the book also contains a list of book review citations." Social Sciences Index. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 29(4).
General Science Index contains subject entries from English periodicals in "astronomy, atmospheric science, biology, botany, chemistry, earth science, environment and conservation, food and nutrition, genetics, mathematics, medicine and health, microbiology, oceanography, physics, physiology and zoology."General Science Index.New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 26(10).
Religion Index One: Periodicals is "a subject index to periodical literature including an author/editor index and a Scripture index. "Religion Index One: Periodicals. Chicago: American Theological Library Association, 2003. Religion Index Two indexes works with multiple authors.