Finding & Accessing Journals at Stanford University
Stanford’s Library Catalog, to find journal titles available at Stanford. SearchWorks also includes
links to online versions of journals and holdings information that shows what volumes and years
are available for a title. SearchWorks does not contain details about individual journal articles.
To locate journal articles, search one of the
databases listed in SearchWorks.
- Swain Journal List
- e-Journals in the Stanford University Libraries
- Off-Campus Access to e-Journals
- Report e-Journal Access Problem
- Search Tips
- Title abbreviations: You can search for a
title by its abbreviation (e.g. J Am Chem Soc) as a title keyword search. Embedded
terms are also retrieved in the title keyword field (e.g. chem. will retrieve biochem
as well as chem.).
- Short, common titles: A great way to find journals that have short,
common names (e.g. Science, Nature) is to search for them by publisher instead of their
title. For example, search AAAS and Nature as the name of the publisher to locate Science
and Nature, respectively.
- Advanced Search page: Allows you to specify if a term is a partial word, exact word, or
exact phrase. You can also specify if term is at the beginning of a phrase or anywhere in
a phrase. You are also able to search multiple fields at a time (e.g. title and publisher)
and to limit search results by a subject category.
- e-Journals in the Lane Medical Library
- Viewing e-Journal Articles
While most users prefer to print PDF versions of articles, the web version may contain
abstract/full-text links for cited references as well as links to high-resolution images, multimedia,
and supplemental data. Different readers may be required to view articles. Unfortunately,
are frequently not linked to articles.
Journal Title Abbreviations and DOI
Evaluation & Directory Tools for Journals
- JCR: Journal Citations Report
(Ranks Journals by Impact Factor) (Stanford only)
Provides easy access to data that helps you evaluate and compare scholarly journals. JCR can show
you the highest impact journals, most frequently used journals, hottest journals, and largest
journals. Search by journal title, publisher, subject category, or country.
- Ulrich’s International Directory of Periodicals
Identify new journals, referred titles, and online titles in your discipline. Learn which databases
or indexes to search for locating article level information in a journal.
Most publishers now offer full-text searching for their journals. Deciding where to search —
a publisher site or an index is a key decision that impacts what is retrieved. Article level
information on publisher sites is “invisible” to web search engines (e.g. Google). Below
are some advantages and disadvantages of doing a full-text search for a journal on a publisher’s
- No lag time between time of publication and when article can be searched
- Ability to search entire contents of an issue, not just research articles
- Ability to search the entire text of an article by keyword (helpful for finding information about laboratory methods)
- Helps provide quality control (e.g. all articles are refereed)
- Efficient method to verify a citation
- No search fees
- Possible to miss relevant research without searching multiple sites
- Key word searching can lead to overwhelming results
- Inconsistent data (e.g. author names) may make it difficult to find all relevant articles
- Potential gaps in coverage (early years may not be included)
Links to selected journal publisher sites are available on the
A more comprehensive
is also available from Cambridge University. To learn more about full-text searching, see:
Not Just Full-Text Articles: Comparing the Search Function Among Chemistry Electronic Journals’ Web Sites
(American Chemical Society, Elsevier, Royal Society of Chemistry, Springer-Verlag, Wiley).
Titles Covered in Selected Databases
Knowing how many titles and what titles are covered in a database is a key factor in
deciding which database to search. Knowing the lag time between when an article is
published and when it is indexed is also important. In part, this is determined by how
often a database is updated. Being aware of which databases index the contents of a
journal cover-to-cover is also useful as some databases only index research papers.
Below are links to journal titles covered in selected databases. To search any of
these databases, please see
Note that access to most databases is restricted to current students, faculty, and staff