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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.

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.

  • ERIC  Icon
    ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, provides access to education-related journal articles and documents. The ERIC database corresponds to two printed journals: Resources in Education (RIE) and Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE). Includes: teacher education, testing, measurement, and evaluation.
    Coverage: 1966 - Present. Updated: Monthly.
  • Education Journals  Icon
    Education Journals accesses scholarly and trade educational publications. Topics include not only the literature on primary, secondary, and higher education but also special education, home schooling, adult education, and hundreds of related topics.
    Coverage: 1991 - Present. Updated: Regularly.
  • Education Full Text
    Education Full Text includes an international range of English-language periodicals, monographs and yearbooks in the field of Education. Subjects include: adult education, arts, athletics, competency-based standards, continuing education, technology, instructional media, language arts, library science, literacy standards, multicultural/ethnic, parent-teacher relations, prayer in public schools, school administration, special education, student counseling, teacher evaluation and methodology.
  • Communication & Mass Media Complete
    Communication & Mass Media Complete contains scholarly and popular articles on various aspects of communication, mass media, and other closely related fields of study, including film and television.
    Coverage: 1915 - present. Updated: Regularly.
  • Computing
    Computing contains scholarly and trade publications as well as consumer titles on topics that include: Artificial intelligence, computer games, computer graphics, computer networks, computer programming, computer security, computer systems, database management, electronic data processing, hardware, information science and information theory, and software.
    Coverage: 1990 - Present. Updated: Regularly.
  • Databases for K-12 Students
    iCONN provides "Kids InfoBits, InfoTrac Junior Edition, and InfoTrac Student Edition for all Connecticut Residents.

Finding ERIC Documents

Finding ERIC Documents

There are two types of materials in ERIC: journal articles and grey literature.  Grey literature may include research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers, and other education-related materials. 

  • These materials are noted with an ERIC number beginning with ED, for ERIC Document, instead of EJ, for ERIC Journal.
  • To find the full text of an EJ  resource (journal article), click on "Find Full Text." You can then see if the library owns the journal, in print or electronically.  If the library does not, you may request the article through Interlibrary Loan.

  • To find the full text of an ED resource (ERIC Document), click on "Full Text" or "Full Text Linking."  This often brings you to the full text online.  If you are unable to access it online, the library probably has the document available in microfiche.  See a librarian for assistance. 
    • Search Note: For ED resources marked "Level 3," full text is not available online or in microfiche.  See a librarian to find these items.

ERIC Update: Due to privacy concerns, all ERIC documents were taken offline. ERIC is now using a new, faster process for reviewing and clearing PDFs. As a result, approximately 7,000 full-text documents are being returned per week to the collection. It is expected that the vast majority of restricted PDFs will be online by the summer of 2014. If the ERIC document you want is not availble, note the ED number then ask a librarian to help you check the microfiche. If we have the document in microfiche, you can print it at no cost.  ERIC will continue to accept requests to restore access to older materials via the online form and maintain the updated list of released documents. The Spotlight and alert areas on the ERIC home page are kept up-to-date to keep you informed of the latest developments. 


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:
"Latin America*" AND (democracy OR politics)
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