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Last Updated: Nov 03, 2023     Views: 21

If you know the periodical (journal, magazine, newspaper), but maybe aren't sure of the exact article title or are having trouble retrieving an article by title (perhaps one you've seen referenced/cited elsewhere or the title differs in the print or online version or was cited incorrectly and you want to verify), then read on below.

First, find the periodical in Discovery or through the journal title finder. You can find which databases give access to a magazine/journal/newspaper by searching for the periodical title in the Discovery catalog OR by going to our title finder here (search under "Journal" for all serial types - some places use "journal" when they really should use the word "serial" or "periodical"). 

This FAQ explains how to do that.

Once you have the result, the periodical may show up in more than one database, and the coverage dates might differ depending on the database. Sometimes the database holds archival dates or only carries more current articles for the periodical. What's more, if you're needing recently-published articles, they might not even be indexed yet and therefore won't show up in our databases. 

Here is a GIF showing how to use the Journal Title Finder and search within a specific title once you select a database the title is held in: 

search within demo


If you were to search the Discovery catalog (main search bar off the library homepage), you would be given the same access and information, just in a different layout: 


discovery example

You can learn more about searching the Discovery catalog here.

Once you've chosen a database that hosts the periodical who has published the article, select a date or expand the years to see more specific dates within that year. Depending on the database, it might be in a different area: 

ebsco view

Selecting a hyperlinked date will populate the articles published on that date within the database, allowing you to browse the titles associated with that date.

Keep in mind, sometimes the databases only offer indexing of articles, but not full-text. This means the database knowns about what was published in that timeframe/date range, but doesn't offer access. You can then place an interlibrary loan for the material if you run into access issues