- “I have trouble finding some articles and journals I need.”
- “Clearer web directions for journals would be helpful.”
- “The library is very limited when it comes to journals.”
To address the question of access first, finding scholarly journals in full-text is easy, using the Full-Text Journal Finder. This tool indexes all journals, magazines, and newspapers for which the Library databases provide full-text coverage. For most databases, the Full-Text Journal Finder not only points to the correct database, but even links directly to the desired periodical within the database.
Divinity librarian Melody Detar has made a quick YouTube video on this important resource:
With regard to the number of scholarly journals in the Library, we have significantly decreased the quantity of periodicals in print form in recent years in order to subscribe to the greatest possible number of online databases and journals. Our databases currently provide full-text access to more than 270,000 periodicals.
InterLibrary Loan to the Rescue!
In 1815 Thomas Jefferson argued that the Congress required a great library for the reason that “there is…no subject to which a member of Congress may not have occasion to refer.” Like Jefferson, we consider that there is no subject to which a researcher at Regent might not explore, and our InterLibrary Loan team works to ensure that you get the books and articles they need, even if they are not in the University Library.
When you come across a journal to which the Library does not have full-text access, simply place your request through the ILLiad system. In most cases, our InterLibrary Loan team can get the article you need in only 1-3 days. You can also request that we purchase a subscription to a journal using our online Suggest a Title for Purchase form.
In the 2012 LibQUAL+® Library Survey we heard from a number of students and faculty who were concerned about the size of the Library’s journal collection, including the print subscriptions that we have had to cancel due to rising costs. We received comments such as “I feel badly about the cut to the Library budget that doesn’t allow the Library to keep up with many journal articles.” We want to reassure you that even though we have reduced the size of our print journal collection, we have thousands of journals available electronically, giving you access to many more titles than we ever had available in the physical Library building.
The Library’s goal in recent years has been to subscribe to as many online databases as possible, providing a greater number of resources to all Regent students, whether on campus or at a distance. Even though the current economic climate has forced us to make the difficult decision to cancel many of our print periodical subscriptions, we are always careful to assure that all canceled titles are available in at least one of our databases, so that access is not lost. We have also found it necessary to remove some older volumes of journals from the collection in order to make space available for newer materials, but again, we first make sure that the volumes in question are available online.
If you don’t find your favorite journal on the shelf where it’s always been in the past, check the Full-Text Journal Finder to find out which database(s) it is in. You can also check to see if we already have access to a title you think we should subscribe to. You might discover that we have a lot more journals than you thought we had!