The UCLA Library subscribes to thousands of periodicals (magazines, journals, newspapers--items that are published at intervals with no end in sight). These periodicals may be in print, online, or both. Online periodicals may be part of broader article databases. Articles are great resources for research. Before beginning your research:
If you know already know the name of the journal, search for it in the UCLA Library Catalog. Put the journal title in the search box and select Journal Title or Journal Title (Start of) in the dropdown menu. Skip any initial articles of the journal title (e.g., A, An, The). The record will give you the call number and location of print journals and/or provide links to the online version. If the UCLA Library does not own the journal, you may borrow it through interlibrary loan.
If you already have the title of a specific article, search for the journal title first (see above instructions).
To find the appropriate databases, go to the UCLA Library website. Click on the Search tab, then click on "Browse Databases by Subject" or "Find a Database by Title." Once in a database, start with a KEYWORD search using words relevant to your topic. When you see an article that looks interesting, click on the title to see the complete citation. If there are SUBJECT TERMS or DESCRIPTORS, click on those that seem related to your topic to find other articles on the subject.
- Not all databases provide the full text of articles. Some are indexes that only provide citations, and sometimes abstracts. Use the button to do an automated search for the full text or to search for the journal title in the UCLA Library Catalog.
- Do not pay for an article. Find out first if the Library has access to the journal or obtain the article/journal through interlibrary loan.
- You can access these resoures for free while off campus! Set up your browser for the Bruin OnLine (BOL) proxy or VPN. All you need is your UCLA ID and password and an Internet connection.