Search Tools: Library Catalog

library catalog search results for ‘open educational resources’

The library catalog is an index of everything owned by the library. This includes books, journals, videos, and other forms of media. If you are looking for a specific book to check out, or some other media that you’re pretty sure the library owns, the catalog may be the fastest way to find it. You can search using keywords, author name, title, or any combination of these to find your source.

The catalog is a great way to find specific journal articles, too, whether they are physical or electronic. Take a look at this resource from the library that shows you two ways to use the catalog to find journals in your field.

Finding  Journals in Your Field or Discipline

Method 1: Print and electronic journals


Keyword search: Combine your field and the word “periodicals.”

  • social work periodicals
  • corrections periodicals
  • accounting periodicals

Note: This method does not work well for elementary education. Use a teaching field such as “math elementary periodicals.”

screenshot of journal search results
Method 2: Electronic journals only:


Advanced Search:

Under “Add Limits,” look at “Material Type.” Then choose  “eJournals.”

Use various keywords in the search terms box:

  • communication disorders
  • journalism
  • accountancy

Click Submit.

 Screenshot of advanced journal search results

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