Periodical is the generic name for a "periodic" publication, such as newspaper,
journal, or magazine published at a regular interval.
The ORU library subscribes to more than 24,000 periodicals in a variety of publication media, with most titles available full text online. Online full text
titles include links to the full text with options to browse a single issue or search all issues to find an article.
To find a title search the ORU A-to-Z Journals List.
Partial Title Lists
Titles from the resources below are included in the A-to-Z Journals List but you may wish to search them independent of the Journals List.
- ORU Library Catalog ~3,525 unique titles
- Use for "in-house" periodical titles, those located in the library such as current and bound print issues, microform, CD-ROM formats. The library catalog does
NOT include online periodical titles.
- Cambridge Journals ~6
subscribed to Journals; 4 free Journals
- E-Journals (EJS, Electronic Journals Service) ~100 Journal titles
- Open Access Journals
- ipl2: Newspapers & Magazines (Internet Public Library & Librarians Internet Index)
Rush Journals by Title (Full Text)
- Nature has open access to more than half the 2011 papers.
Periodicals - How to Find a Title
Step 1: Go to A-to-Z Journals List and key in a title or keyword.
Note: If you are unsure of the exact
title, mark "Contains" for the Search Type.
Step 2: Choose a title from the list.
Step 3: Under your chosen title, click a database name that shows the dates you need. Follow the links to the full text.
On the detailed record page there may be an option to select the year/date and volume/issue or browse articles in
When a title is available in paper, CD-ROM or microform only, or when the online version does not provide the issue you need,
if available, use the Oral Roberts University Library Holdings link. This will take you to the title record in the library catalog, which
lists dates/issues held in the Library.
Remember, the A-to-Z Journals List is to find periodicals, not articles. See: Find
Articles library guide.
|To Search Partial Title Lists Use the Library Catalog or a Specific Database
|ORU Library Catalog
Limit your search to "Periodical Title" (shown right).
|Periodicals in Individual Databases
In a database, such as ATLA Religion, use the "Publications" link for the list of periodicals in that database. Options include search,
view and limit searches to publications. Remember that each database has a limited number of selected titles.
Periodicals - How to Find a Specific Issue or Date
Step 1: Go to A-to-Z Journals List and key in the title.
Step 2: Choose a title from the list.
Step 3: Click a database name that is listed under the title you searched.
If more than one database is listed, choose the one with the dates you need.
Step 4: In
the periodical detailed record, choose the year/date or volume/issue. There may be an option to browse or search for articles within all issues of the journal.
Remember, the A-to-Z Journals List
is used to find periodicals, not articles.
See: How to Find Articles library guide
Periodical is simply the generic name for a publication that comes out on a regular or "periodic" rate, including
magazines, journals and trade publications.
|—Contains articles of interest to the public.
—No peer-reviewed or scholarly articles.
Examples: Newsweek, Consumer
|—Directed toward a discipline, subject, or professional group.
—May include scholarly articles, popular topics, conference information, etc.
|Contains scholarly articles written by experts concerning research in professional and academic fields.
Peer reviewed — means experts in the field evaluated the validity of an article before publication.
Refereed refers to journals or articles that are peer reviewed. Examples: Studies
in Latin American Popular Culture, Journal
of Sociology and Social Welfare; Foreign
Index — points to where the information can be found; similar to the index of a book. Some
databases are indexes and, as such, include citations of articles but no full text though they may include abstracts. Although there are print indexes, most
periodical indexes are online databases.
Citation — used to document sources and usually includes author, article title,
periodical title, volume, issue, date, and page number(s), the necessary information to find the article. For electronic resources (databases and web sites)
you may need additional information when writing a citation, such as APA's "doi" (digital object identifier).
Abstracts — brief
summaries that are included in most databases.
Full text — refers to the complete article; most often in electronic
Periodicals - Special Collections
Although most periodicals are shelved in the Periodicals Area in LINC, LRC-4th floor, the library has several special collections shelved elsewhere.
that are shelved in a special collection, such as those in the Holy Spirit Research Center, will have an abbreviated location code (shown left, below) in the
ORU library catalog record.
||Collection Name and Location
||Holy Spirit Research Center, 5th floor
||Periodicals/ Microform (newspapers, magazines, etc.), Library Information Commons, 4th floor
||Reference Collection, Library Information Commons, 4th floor
||LaSor Collection (theology), 4th floor
(Go to the Circulation Desk for assistance.)
||Timko Barton Listening Room
Periodicals - Formats and Locations
The Periodicals Area, LRC-4th floor, is the primary location for in-house periodicals. In the Library Information Commons, LINC, computers are available for