FAQ

What are periodicals?

Periodicals are titles that are published on a regular and/or continuing basis. Examples include:

Find out more about the difference between magazines and journals.

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Where are periodicals?

The Periodicals Department is located on the second floor of the Cornette Library in the northwest corner. Turn right at the top of the front stairs (east wall) and then left at the Current Periodicals stacks. The most recent issue of many popular journals, magazines, and newspapers are temporarily shelved in the Atrium Reading Area on the first floor.

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What are the hours for the Periodicals Department?

The Periodicals Collection is available for use all hours that the Cornette Library is open. Assistance by the Periodicals staff is available:

Monday-Thursday 7:45 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Friday 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Hours may vary during the summer and between semesters

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How do I find periodicals?

There are two steps to finding articles in periodicals -- find out what has been published, then find out what is available in the library.

To find out what has been published, choose an index. Indexes may be subject specific or cover multiple subjects. Indexes are available online on in print. Print indexes are housed in Reference.

Search the index by subject or keyword to find articles pertaining to your subject.

Check the Library's Online Catalog to see if the Library owns the title. When you find the title, make sure that we have received the particular issue cited in the index, and find out which section of Periodicals houses the issue. Is it in Current Periodicals, the Bound Volumes, microfilm, or microfiche? If you have any trouble using the online catalog or interpreting the screens, ask at the Periodicals Desk on the second floor or the Reference Desk on the first floor.

If the periodical is not available in print, be sure to check the list of online journals as well.

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How are periodicals arranged on the shelf?

Periodicals are shelved alphabetically by title in three locations: current, bound, and microform. Microfilm and microfiche periodicals are kept in the Micro Room at the far northwest corder of the second floor. Ask for assistance at the Periodicals Desk.

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May I check out periodicals?

Only WT faculty, graduate assistants, and teaching assistants may check out periodicals. A photocopier, which takes the Buffalo Gold card, is available. You can add money on your card at the Circulation Desk on the first floor. If you do not have a Buffalo Gold card, please see Circulation staff for assistance.

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May I copy articles from periodicals?

Yes. Periodicals may be copied using your Buffalo Gold card. You can add money on your card at the Circulation Desk on the first floor. If you do not have a Buffalo Gold card, please see Circulation staff for assistance

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What if the library does not have the journal I need?

Materials not available at WTAMU can usually be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan. To place a request, use the Interlibrary Loan request form.

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