Research Guides

E-Research Basics

Simple how-tos for the first steps of finding materials through the GC library's website.

Journal Finder

To find out if the library carries a specific journal, use our Journal Finder tool. You can find this in several places: On the home page of the library, above the OneSearch text field, you can click on the Journals tab to use that field to search for a journal by title. In the Research section on the library's home page, below the search field, there is a link for Journals A-Z. If you are already in the catalog, there is a link to the Journal Search at the top of the page. And finally, you can use the link at the beginning of this paragraph.

There may be several databases that contain the journal you need. Each database may have different coverage dates, so look closely at those date ranges. If there are no such differences indicated, you can simply use the database whose interface you prefer.

Tip: If you don't see results come up when you search for a Journal title, this simply means the GC does not have access to the journal. If this is the case, you can place an InterLibrary Loan (ILL) request for the item you need from that journal.  

Searching in Journals: Browse an Issue

Browsing an electronic issue of a journal can be more visually challenging than leafing through a bound copy, but it is reasonably easy to do. 

Most journals have a landing page within the database (or databases) in which they're held. You can search the contents of the journal or find specific issues through that page. For instance, if you wanted to look at the August 2016 issue of the journal ADHD: Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders, you could find the journal through the Journal Finder. When you follow a database link to the journal, you will find a page that will have an index of issues.