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Last Updated: May 09, 2017     Views: 30

When print journals changed to eJournals, browsing the collection changed.  Since most journal readers are only interested in a few subjects in journals, regular searching in databases (where you can limit by time period) may be a suitable substitute. 

Many of our databases allow you to set up a personal account so you can save searches you can run at your convenience or set up email alerts or RSS feeds.

An Example:  Suppose that you are interested in new articles appearing in the Journal of Volcanology & Geothermal Research.

1.  Check to see if we have the journal by searching the library catalog.

  • Click on the blue "Catalog" icon on the main library webpage.
  • Click on the "Title" option in the "Search Type" box.
  • Select "Journals" in the "Search Type" drop-down menu.
  • Enter the title in the search box.
  • Press "Enter" on your keyboard or click the green "Search" button.
  • Results will be displayed.

2.  From the result list you will see three entries. One option is a digital resource for Developments in Vulcanology, another is to older print editions of the Journal of Volcanology & Geothermal Research, and the final option is to the digital version of that journal.

Clicking on the top option directs the browser to the entry for Developments. A button labeled "View full text" goes to that on-line resource. (Click the back arrow on the browser to return to search results). However, this is not the exact journal you want.

If you click on the middle option the record for historic print issues from 1976 to 1997 is displayed. These issues are available at the UW Library Annex. Use the call number to locate the issues.

Clicking on the final item in the list displays the digital version of Journal of Volcanology & Geothermal Research. Click on the blue "View Full Text" button. There are two options listed in blue. The first option is a catalog entry for historical issues. The second option lists the journal as available to "present." Click on that second listing to see a listing of the current issue, plus links to historical issues. Bookmark the journal page in the browser to return at any time.

3.  To set up automatic notifications of new issues and articles, click on the RSS Feed icon (). For more information on RSS feeds, see RSS: Information on Demand.

If you have any questions about tables of contents or RSS feeds contact the Help Desk in Coe Library or email us at

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