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June 13, 2007

Finding Journals in the Stanford Library system

Ever wondered if Stanford subscribes to a spefic journal? Below are some tips on locating print and electronic journals available through the Stanford Libraries.

Locating Print Copies
For print copies, search Socrates. Socrates mainly includes holdings for Green, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences & Map Collection, Education, Engineering, Marine Biology, Math, Music, and Physics.

Some Stanford libraries (such as Lane Medical, the Business library, and SLAC for instance) maintain their own library catalogs. Information they put into Socrates may not be as current as what is in their catalog, so best to search their catalogs as well. Go to a list of all the Stanford libraries.

Locating Information about Online Journals
Information about the online copy may be found in Socrates, SFX or TDNet. Sometimes it is in all three location. If information is wrong or there is some type of problem with the subscription, it may not appear in all places. For more on SFX, see Access E-Journals with SFX Linking.

We may get title via aggregator full-text database like Academic Search Premier. This mean we pays for access to a collection of titles, kind of like leasing them instead of buying individual electronic journal titles. Currently E-only titles are in TDNet but not in Socrates, although these will be loaded into Socrates sometime this summer.

Academic Search Premier contents have may titles with embargoed content. TDNet enters holdings as closed range of dates whereas SFX gives start date plus a dash and then qualifies by saying last 12 months not available.

Multiple Ways of Accessing Content
Not uncommon to have more than one way to access the same content for a title. For example, the medical library may have bought a back file, current access via aggregator. It's not uncommon to have access via multiple aggregators as well as publisher.

As you can see, sometimes it can be tricky to locate information about journals. Please feel free to contact your librarian for assistance.

Credit: adapted from an e-mail from Grace Baysinger

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