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Research Process: Periodical Locator

This tutorial aims to help develop effective library research skills and critical thinking skills in all courses at Prince George's Community College.

Periodical Locator

Wondering if the library has a particular journal or magazine? Use the Periodical Locator to find electronic magazines, journals, and newspapers that are indexed in our online databases. You can search for periodicals in three different ways:

1. Search by Title or Identifier (ISSN/ISBN):

  • Select: All, Journals Only, or Books Only
  • Enter the title of the e-journal you wish to find in the search box
  • Click on the drop-down menu and choose an option
    • Title begins with: will search only the first word in a title
    • Title equals: will return an exact match to the entered search
    • Title contains all words: will search for terms in the title, regardless of their position 
    • ISSN/ISBN equals: exact match to the ISSN/ISBN entered
  • Click the Search button

2. Browse by Title

  • Click on a letter to see a listing of all the titles that begin with it.

3. Browse by Subject 

  • Select a subject from the list
  • Sub-categories will load
  • Select a sub-category to view further results

Understanding the Results

The image below can help you understand the results of a periodical search:

screen cap periodical locator


To view the e-journal, click on the name of the database. This link will take you to a page with all the volumes and issues that the database carries for that particular e-journal. You can click on an issue to browse the articles or search within the publication using the search box. (This page varies by database - below is an example for Academic OneFile).

screen cap periodical locator