Periodicals – that “library” word for a title which is published at different intervals – daily, weekly, monthly, bimonthly, quarterly, annually, etc. The word “periodicals” is often used interchangeably with magazines or journals or newspapers, which actually denote different periodical tools for different audiences.
At GRCC, your instructor will often assign you to read periodicals of one kind or another, depending on the class, the assignment, and/or to introduce you to the peer-reviewed professional literature in your chosen field. Take a look at the periodicals in your field by viewing the [Periodicals] tab on your department’s [Subject Guide]. And, if you want to know more about periodicals in general, see the [Periodicals Subject Guide].
GRCC’s Library has about 400 current print subscriptions to periodicals shelved on the Library’s second floor – but, as you can imagine – we have over 40,000 online subscriptions! Use [eJournal List] to determine which periodicals we get online, and which database they can be found. Use your last name and 7-digit Raider number to access eJournals from off-campus.
Staying up-to-date in higher education doesn’t have to be hard or take a lot of time. You can set up email alerts to notify you when new issues of specific periodical titles are available online. To learn more about setting up this option, click into a chosen ejournal and look for [Share => Create an alert], [Create Journal Alert] or [Create Alert]. Contact your liaison librarian with any questions.
Alerts are also possible within most [Research Databases]. Craft a good search strategy and create an alert to email you links to full-text articles on that topic whenever new ones are added to the database
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Many users find needed full-text articles while reviewing database results, but sometimes the journal you want is not available in the resource you are using. Have you ever limited your results to [Full-Text] online and lost the “best article”? We recommend that you check [eJournal List] which tells you whether GRCC licenses that desired journal – and in which database that content can be found.
GRCC’s Subject Guides list the top journals in an academic field on a [Periodicals] tab – and often those are the journals that are recommended for use in initial research assignments. But, [eJournal List] goes a step further and provides a list of eJournals specific to a particular field of interest; you can limit to peer-reviewed journals, too.
The GRCC Library provides students and faculty FREE online access to one of the longest surviving science journals, Nature. Prior to its inception, in the mid-19th century, scientists, astrologists, zoologists, and the like were often members of a Royal Society. Through these membership societies, there was continuous communication amongst scholars within the same domains, although published information was only available for members. Nature was created in an attempt to combine all science related research and communication into a single, collaborative platform.
Today, Nature continues to provide readers access to current jobs, research, trends, and issues present in various scientific fields. The overarching classifications covered within the publication are life sciences, earth sciences, physical sciences, clinical practice, and chemistry. Further, the journal often links science to social issues being experienced around the world, educating users on how science is intertwined within our society.
If your studies or personal interests have you seeking a quality, easily accessible resource pertaining to any of these domains you’ll definitely want to check Nature out!
To view current and past issues of this publication, CLICK HERE!