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How do I find a specific journal?

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1) The first place to check for journals is the A-Z E-journal system.

You can find a link to the A-Z e-journal system on the library home page in the left sidebar, as shown below: 

showing link to A-Z e-journal system on the library home page

When you click on the link you will see a search box, and you enter the name of the journal in the search box and click the SEARCH button. A list of results will come up. If you see the journal you want, click on the "View Online" link. In the image below, we have the result for a search for the Journal of Applied Psychology. 

results for an e-journal search

When you click on the View Online link, the system will find links to all of the databases and publisher access points for the journal you're seeking: 

Click the links to any of the sources to obtain access to the journal. Note that different databases may offer access through a different range of dates. Check carefully to find what you need. If you are accessing databases from off-campus, a screen may come up asking for your NetID and password. 

2) If the journal is not available electronically, you can still check for paper copies by using the One-Search Library Catalog. 

  • ​Go to the library home page, and look for the One-Search Library Catalog box in the center of the page: 

One-Search Library Catalog box

  • Enter the name of the journal you're searching for and click the Search button. 
  • If you need further assistance, ask at the Periodicals Desk on the upper floor of Helm Library, or call the Periodicals Office (270-745-6116).

3) What if the journal is not available at all through WKU Libraries?

  • If the journal is not available electronically or in paper at WKU Libraries, you can file an Interlibrary Loan request for the article you need. 
  • Our Interlibrary Loan staff are able to fulfill most requests successfully and quickly.
  • For more information, contact the Interlibrary Loan office at 270-745-6118.