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Journal Locator

Journal Locator

Find specific journals,magazines, and newspapers.

Watch the video below to learn how to find an article if you have the citation.


Did you know...

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Databases are basically just search engines for articles on specific subjects.

Beyond the DNL

Can't find what you want?

Try Interlibrary Loan!

  • Use materials from other libraries' collections free of charge.
  • Articles arrive via e-mail within 3-5 business days.
  • Books arrive within 2 weeks and are held in your name.
  • You will be notified by e-mail when your items arrive.

Request materials online via:

Selected Databases

Use databases to find articles on your topic. These databases are the best place to start.

  • America: History & Life
    America: History & Life provides citations and full text to articles related to the history, culture, area studies, and current affairs literature of the U.S. and Canada from prehistoric times to the present. Simultaneous user limit:6. Coverage: 1964 - Present.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    Ethnic NewsWatch provides a full text collection of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Specific ethnic groups indexed are: African American/Caribbean/African; Arab/Middle Eastern; Asian/Pacific Islander; European/Eastern European; Hispanic; Jewish; Multi-Ethnic; Native People. Simultaneous user limit:2.
    Coverage: 1985 - Present. Updated: 8 times per year.
  • Archive of Americana  Icon
    Archive of Americana contains primary documents from American history. Includes: African American Newspapers 1827-1998 and Connecticut Historical Newspapers, American Broadsides and Ephemera, Series I, Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800, and Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819, American State Papers, US Congressional Serial Set, and US Congressional Set Maps. Contains primary sources.
  • African American Newspapers, 1827-1998  Icon
    African American Newspapers provides content from historical African American newspapers. Search by date, article types, places of publication, newspaper titles, and eras in American history.Contains primary documents. Updated: Regularly.
  • Black Newspapers  Icon
    Black Newspapers offers primary source material essential to the study of American history and African-American culture, history, politics, and the arts. Titles include: Afro-American Red Star, Call and Post, Chicago Defender, Houston Post, Michigan Chronicle, Muslim Journal, New Journal and Guide, New York Amsterdam News, Los Angeles Sentinel. Contains Primary Sources.
    Coverage: 1989-Present. Updated: Daily.

Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks

  • When searching databases, use AND, OR, and parentheses to focus your search.
  • The asterisk * symbol will search for all variations of a word. For example: basket* will search for baskets and basketry. Using quotes will search for a phrase.
  • Combine synonyms with OR and put them inside parentheses, like this:
"Martin Luther King, Jr." AND (speech* OR sermon*)
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Watch this tutorial below to learn how to find full-text articles.

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