Journal Locator Search Tips

Journal Searching & Browsing

Interpreting Results

What if the Item is Unavailable at FDU?

Journal Searching & Browsing

Search by title or ISSN:

"Title begins with":

This is the default search.  Enter 2 or more letters of the beginning of the journal title.  The more letters you enter, the more specific the search.  Initial articles (the, a, an, etc.) are ignored by the search engine.  No wildcards or truncation characters are needed or valid in this search.

Example: A search for educat will find all titles that begin with that string, such as "Educating for employment," "Education and the law," and "Educational assessment."

"Title equals":

Enter the exact title.  Initial articles (the, a, an, etc.) are ignored by the search engine.  No wildcards or truncation characters are needed or valid in this search.

Example:  A search for The New York Times will find "New York Times."

"Title contains all words":

Enter one or more words in any order.  This search will match titles that contain all words.  You can use an asterisk (*) to find partial words (e.g., neuro*).

Example:  A search for educa* ann* will find "American annals of education," "Information technology in childhood education annual," and "Educational foundations (Ann Arbor, Mich.)."

"ISSN":

This searches for a unique identifier, the International Standard Serial Number.  It can be useful if a publication's title has changed but its ISSN has not.

Browse by title:

Initial articles (the, a, an, etc.) are ignored in the alphabetical listing.

Browse by subject:

Search through the subject categories and subcategories until you find one of interest.

Tip: It is possible that some publications in the system have not been classified by subject.  To ensure completeness, try a title search too, using appropriate subject terms.

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Interpreting Results:

Example 1               Result says "from 1996 to 6 months ago in…"

Indicates that this source's full-text coverage begins with a 1996 issue, with a "rolling embargo" on issues published in the last 6 months; each new issue becomes available 6 months after publication (abstracts may be available now).

Example 2               Result says "from 1996 to present in…"

Indicates that this source's full-text coverage begins with a 1996 issue and is currently continuing with the latest issues.

Example 3               Result says "from 1996 to 2001 in…"

Indicates that this source's full-text coverage begins with a 1996 issue and ends with a 2001 issue.

Example 4               Result says "in Business & Company Resource Center"

To access articles, you must click on the link to enter the database and then do a search for the journal name. Preferably, use the first search box on the Advanced Search page (change the search field from "Keyword" to "Journal Name").

Example 5               Result says "in EBSCOhost EJS"

Results for EBSCOhost EJS may not show the available year range. To learn it, enter the database by clicking on the link. For some journals, you need to follow links in the database to the journal publisher's website.

Example 6               Result says "in Fairleigh Dickinson University Library's Print Holdings"

Clicking on the link leads to the page for this item in FDU's online book catalog, CoolCAT NJ.  If the dates of availability are unclear there, contact the holding library for more specific information:

Giovatto Library (Periodicals Department): (201) 692-2289
College at Florham Library (Periodicals Department): (973) 443-8518
Business Research Library: (201) 692-2608

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What if the Item is Unavailable at FDU?

If a search shows that an item is not available online or in print, check the Directory of Open Access Journals to learn whether it is freely accessible on the Web.

If the article is still unavailable, you are encouraged to use the Article Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Request Form to request it from another institution.

Tip:  Certain book series are both in FDU's print collections and online.  The print listing may not show up in results, although online editions do.  Check FDU's library catalog, CoolCAT NJ, to determine availability.