Periodicals Department Collection and State Library Resources

Journals & Magazines 

Journals are scientific or academic periodicals containing scholarly articles, reports, or studies that have been reviewed by other professionals in the subject field prior to publication. Articles in journals usually include an abstract at the beginning and a bibliography, works cited, or list of resources at the end.

Examples: JAMA, Journal of African American Studies, Journal of Psychology 

Magazines are periodicals containing articles, stories, and pictures on topics such as business, fashion, music, or national news.

Examples: Ebony, Rolling Stone, Time 

Periodicals in the Central Library / State Library Resource Center

Find Current Periodicals in All Formats:

Search our Electronic News Stand by title or subject to find out which journals and magazines are in our paper and microfilm collections as well as in our electronic databases. These databases are conveniently accessible outside the library to all Pratt library card holders. 

Find Periodicals in Our Retrospective Collection: 

The Pratt library catalog lists older journals and magazines archived by the library; find them by selecting “periodical title” from the drop-down search box. 

Search Indexes:

You can find the full text of many periodical articles in our databases. Searching for a particular topic? Visit our index page to see a list of paper indexes available in the Periodicals Department.

Periodicals in Other Libraries


To find out which libraries hold a particular magazine or journal, type the title into the search box and click on the “Search everything” button. From the “Narrow by Format” list on the left-hand side of the results page, select “Journal, magazine” to pull up the relevant title. Click on the desired title from the list to view the record. Type your zip code into the “Enter your location” box and click on “Find libraries” to see a list of nearby libraries that carry this periodical.  

Periodicals on the Web

Directory of Open Access Journals 

The DOAJ offers (for free!) full-text articles from peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly journals.

Education Resources Information Center 

ERIC provides unlimited access to more than 1.3 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials. If available, links to full-text documents are included.