Which One Is It?

The University Libraries purchase journals in many ways:

  1. From the publishers by the specific title
  2. As part of a group subscription, and
  3. From packages (like JSTOR and EBSCO databases).

There may be more than one record for a particular journal in our catalog.  It may be difficult to tell which of the copies is the one you need.  You can always ask, as this is one of those challenging areas that we work with all the time.

Some vendors (or publishers) don't allow us to have the most current year available for some of their journals.

  • EBSCO (varies by title)
  • ProQuest (varies by title)
  • JSTOR (three to five year delay; this is an electronic archive)
  • HighWire Press (provides access to "free" issues of journals; many do not allow access to the current year)

The information about the vendor or publisher is on the line immediately below the title of the journal.  Often, but not always, the best option is the first title. 

Journal Title Search


Search the Library Catalog. Use the journal's title, NOT the article title.

Example Search: Nature

Example search for nature

Nature has three records in our catalog.  The first one in this image is directly from the publisher; in this record we list our paper and fulltext CURRENT subscriptions.  To get the link for the fulltext, click on the hyperlinked title Nature. The other two are from fulltext vendors, EBSCO and ProQuest, and will have some but not necessarily all of the same holdings that our subscription includes.

Do We Have That Issue?

The most difficult part of finding a specific journal article may be determining if the Libraries have an electronic or paper copy of the issue.  The catalog record lists the volumes, issues and years of the journal we have purchased and how they can be accessed.

Example of a specific journal article

Interlibrary Loan

If our Libraries don't own what you need, you can use the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service, once you have registered for it. The Interlibrary Loan Department is responsible for borrowing materials not owned by the University of Arkansas campus libraries.

The links below provide further information:

Reading Citations

Having difficulty deciphering that citation (reference) at the end of the paper?  This video might help.

Video Tutorial

Watch this video to see how to find a specific article through the Libraries' catalog.

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