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Student Guide to the Library: Doing Research - Periodicals

A guide to library services for students

Where do I find current issues of periodicals and newspapers?

“Periodical” is a term applied to magazines, newspapers, and academic/scholarly journals.  These publications are important sources of information on current topics or areas of ongoing research.  Print periodicals do not check out of the library; you are welcome to use them in the building or photocopy their articles.

The library’s current periodical collection is located toward the back of the 2nd floor; these publications are arranged in boxes alphabetically by their titles.  To find out which periodical titles the library owns, please consult either the library's online catalog or the Periodical List binders near the Reference Desk.  The Periodical List is arranged by both title and subject.  Some back issues of periodicals are kept on microfilm.  Please ask the librarian for assistance with microfilm.

Where do I find periodical articles on a subject?

In order to locate periodical articles on a particular subject, you may wish to use an online database.  From the library homepage, click on the Library Resources button, then click on the green Library eResources Subject List button.  These online databases are searchable by subject and usually include the complete text of the articles.  In most cases, you can print, save, or email selected articles right from your workstation.  In order to use the databases from off campus, you will be prompted to log into your my.vcccd account.

What if I need material that the library does not own? Can I arrange to get it from another library?

If you need materials that are not available at the Moorpark College Library, please see the reference librarian about the possibility of using the interlibrary loan service.  If the materials are not available through the Ventura College or Oxnard College libraries, other lending institutions may charge you for this service.  Please remember that interlibrary loan requests may take up to two weeks or more to process, so plan your research projects well in advance.