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Finding & Using Journals at the Brown University Library

The Brown University Library has extensive holdings of journals, many of them related to the History of Science and Technology. Some of these are available in print form only, some are available in electronic format only, and some are available in both print and electronic format.

eJournals: Follow this link to individual ejournals covering History of Science and Techology. To search several selected e-journals in History of Science at the same time, try Academic Search Premier or JSTOR, for which links are provided below, or the federated search box at the top of the Database page.

An ejournal is an online, peer-reviewed, publication containing scholarly articles written by experts on current research in a particular field. Articles are often accompanied by an abstract and bibliography. While most e-journals are the electronic version of a publication originally issued in print form (JSTOR's holdings are an excellent example of this), many new journals are "born digital" -- which is to say that they exist only in electronic form.

We suggest the following strategies for finding e-Journals in the History of Science and Technology at the Brown University Library: (1) try the link for e-Journals (above, and in the left hand menu column of this page) for a list of e-Journals In History and Philosophy of Science and Technology that have been pre-selected by the Library Subject Specialist; (2) search the Library's e-Journals A to Z listing for yourself; (3) try a "Word" search (or a "Title" search, if you have a particular journal in mind) in JOSIAH.

Please note that e-journal subscriptions are linked to the JOSIAH record for the journal, and that the most direct link to subscription e-journals is through JOSIAH.

Print Journals: While many journals are now accessible in electronic format for current issues, many more -- including some considered very important for scholarship in the History of Science and Technology -- continue to be published only in print. To locate these, you will need to have the journal's title, volume number and year.

For journals that are available in the Brown University Library, do a JOSIAH search, limited to "Periodicals*Newspapers*Other Serials," to find the call number. (If you want to see a general listing of what's available, do a "Subject" search for "Science -- History -- Periodicals" or "Technology -- History -- Periodicals" first). You will need to retrieve the specific volume from the stacks in order to find the article you want. In case you want to photocopy an article, photocopy machines are available, notably outside the computer cluster on Level 2 of the Rockefeller Library or in the Lobby of the Sciences Library; you can make copies using your Brown card. Machines are available to add money to your card for this purpose.

For print only journals that are not available at Brown, use ILLIAD to request a copy through Inter-Library Loan. A photocopy or an e-copy (which will be yours to keep, for personal use only) will be delivered within 7 days, sometimes sooner.

Subscription Databases:

Academic Search Premier  full text icon  
Current; multidisciplinary full text database, designed for the academic community. Includes full text coverage for just under 4,700 journals, including 3,600 peer-reviewed journals.

JSTOR  full text icon  
Provides image and full text online access to back issues of selected scholarly journals in history, economics, political science, demography, mathematics and other fields of the humanities and social sciences. Consult the online tables of contents for holdings, as coverage varies for each title.

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