Databases or Indexes
To find periodical articles on a given subject, you might want to use OneSearch and search through most of the University's available databases. Many of the articles you find will be full-text but some will be citations only without the article itself. You might also have a book or one good article that has a bibliography but no link to full text. Refer to as much of the citation information as you have (below) to find the full text.
Where Are the Periodicals You Need?
If the Library has the volume and issue you need, go to the Atrium on the ground floor and you can read, scan or photocopy the article. If the volume and issue you need are not in the catalog or "Journal" page, you can request that the library order the article for you on the Document Delivery articles page.
To see if another library in France might have the journal you want you can check:
Periodical Locations In The University Library
You will find the latest paper (hard copy) issues of the Library's periodicals in the Atrium on the ground floor.
They are shelved alphabetically by title in open stacks, which means that you can retrieve them without assistance from the library staff.
Electronic editions of many periodicals are available through various online services such as Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe and Wilson OmniFile Fulltext. These titles may not always be listed in the catalog. Check the "Journal" page to see what titles are available electronically or ask to see a Reference Librarian if you do not find what you need.
Checking Out Periodicals
Periodicals do not circulate and must be used within the Library only.
Self-service photocopying machines for paper copies are availableor you can scan articles for free and email or save them.
Copyright Warning: You may use photocopies of articles for research or private study only. It is against international copyright laws to reproduce an entire work.
Students may wonder: how do I know if my sources are reliable and appropriate for the work I am doing in my course? One technique that can help is to ask some questions about the information you are using. For example:
You can try using Proquest Research Companion which has an Evaluating Information section. You can read how to evaluate sources and you can 'plug in' a journal title and see what it says.
Go to Evaluate Information, click on Source Evaluation Aid. Next click on Periodical and put in the ISSN (international standard serial number) or title of a journal. Click the magnifying glass and see the results. It will list the author, publisher, etc. and list an audience as well as the subject of the journal. this should help you get started with identifying how useful the title is.
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