Tag Archives: full-text journal finder

The Library doesn’t have what I need!

by Melody Detar, Divinity Librarian

But I need that article! But I need that article!

Nearly all students have experienced the frustration of learning about a book or article that is perfectly suited for their research – only to discover the Library does not own it. On the 2014 Customer Satisfaction Survey, we received several comments from students who have experienced this situation, such as these:

Finding Scholarly Journals

Feedback Express

In the 2014 Customer Satisfaction Survey, we received a number of comments from students regarding both the ease of access and quantity of our scholarly journal collection. Here are three examples:

Feedback Express — Yes, we have popular magazines!

Written by Georgi Bordner, Head of Technical Services

In the 2013 Customer Satisfaction Survey, several of you wrote that you sometimes like to take a break from studying by reading popular, non-academic magazines. We received comments such as:

New Full-Text Journal Finder: EBSCO A-to-Z


Users of the Library’s Full-Text Journal Finder (and this should be everyone) have no doubt noticed a new interface. The reason for this change is that we have switched from Serial Solutions to EBSCO A-to-Z. EBSCO A-to-Z offers greater accuracy in identifying periodicals to which the Library has full-text access. It also can be used to locate the e-books the Library subscribes to from EBSCO.

If the Full-Text Journal Finder is not yet one of your essential research tools, this is the perfect time to learn about what is perhaps the best time-saving resource on the Library website.

The Full-Text Journal Finder is a list of the nearly 100,000 periodicals that the Library has print or online access to in full-text. It allows users to search journals, magazines, and newspapers by keyword, title, subject or ISSN. If the Library has full-text access to the publication, the Full-Text Journal Finder links directly to it inside the correct database or Library catalog.

For example, if we needed to find an article in Daedalus, we can search by journal name to see what issues are available in full-text:


Feedback Express—Where are all the journals?

Written by Georgianne Bordner, Head of Technical Services

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!