is a print index?
printed periodical index is a listing of citations to articles
from magazines and journals. Indexes are organized alphabetically
by subjects and/or authors. Each index covers a date range, with
citations to articles published during that time period. Additional
information, such as the periodicals indexed, abbreviations,
sample entries and directions for use, may be found at the front
of an index.
is an article citation?
citation is the information that identifies an article published
in a magazine, journal or newspaper. Parts of a citation include:
of the article
of the magazine or journal
issue and page number
which mean that the article includes illustrations, portraits,
graphs, tables, or a bibliography
indexes are arranged alphabetically by subject. Some subjects
have subheadings, indented under the subject, which focus on
a narrower aspect of the topic. A "See" or "See
also" reference suggests other subject headings.
A sample entry from a print index is shown below. This article is about
the ethical aspects of human cloning.
finding a citation, check in the "Victor Valley College
Periodical, Microfilm and Infotrac Holdings" list to see
if the periodical is available in our library. Note that some
indexes abbreviate the periodical name in the citation; a listing
of abbreviations of periodicals at the front of the index will
give the full title.
index to use?
may cover a broad range of general interest subjects or may cover
a specific subject or discipline. The Readers' Guide to Periodical
Literature, for example, indexes popular magazines of general
interest. Subject specific indexes cover a particular topic,
such as nursing, science or business, and usually index scholarly
journals and professional periodicals, as well as some magazines.
(See the library's web page on scholarly
journals for information on the differences between scholarly
journals, professional periodicals, and magazines.)
Examples of subject specific indexes are:
Science & Technology Index
Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL)
Sciences Index (includes anthropology, community health & medicine,
economics, geography, international relations, law, political
science, psychology, public administration & social work)
that print indexes cover periodicals published during a specific
time period. Print indexes are useful for finding articles published
prior to the 1980s, since electronic databases do not cover older
periodicals. (See the library's Databases for
electronic periodical indexes.) The print indexes are located
on the Index Tables on the upper floor of the library.
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Last Modified: October 8, 2006