Magazines and Journals as Primary Sources

Articles from a Particular Time Period on a Topic: Use an Index

If you want to find articles on a particular subject published during a particular time, you'll want to find out if there is a relevant index. The library has many indexes which go back further than the electronic indexes. Your best bet is to talk to a librarian to identify appropriate indexes, but keep in mind that not all periodicals are indexed.

Periodicals Written for a Particular Audience

But what if you want to find the titles of periodicals geared towards a particular audience and published during a certain time period? Consulting a bibliography, guide or book on the history of periodicals will be helpful.

Try a subject search in the library catalog. Some possible terms to use:
African American periodicals 
Employee's magazines
American periodicals- -bibliography
English periodicals
American periodicals- -history
House organs
British periodicals
Women's periodicals
Business- -periodicals
Youth's periodicals
Children's periodicals
Annotations: A Guide to the Independent Critical Press 
Ref PN4784 .U53 A557 1999
Black Journals of the United States
Ref PN4882.5 .D36 1982
Children's Periodicals of the United States 
Ref PN4878 .C48 1984
The Conservative Press in Eighteenth-and Nineteenth-Century America 
Ref PN4888 .C598 C66 
The Conservative Press in Twentieth-Century America 
Ref PN4888 .C598 C664 1999
From Radical Left to Extreme Right 
Ref Z7165.U5 S473 1987
Women's Periodicals in the United States: Social and Political Issues
Ref PN4879 .W614 1996
Women's Periodicals in the United States: Consumer Magazines 
Ref PN4879 .W6 1995

Use the subject section of the finding aid for the American Periodicals collections on microfilm. The finding aid, American Periodicals, 1741-1900: An Index to the Microfilm Collections, is kept in the Government Documents, Microfilm and Newspapers Department Z6951 .H65

The Index to American Periodicals of the 1700s and 1800s can be searched on CD-ROM in the Reference Department of Thomas Cooper Library.

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