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Finding and Using Journals at the Brown University Library

The Brown University Library has extensive holdings of journals, many of them related to history, law and social justice. Important general themes in this area include Civil Rights and Human Rights.

Some journals 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, law and social justice. To search many e-journals at the same time, try Academic Search Premier, JSTOR or Project Muse, for which links are provided below, or the federated search box at the top of the Database page. You will want to note that articles from many law journals can be found in LEXIS/NEXIS ACADEMIC, for which a link is provided below.

  • 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 at the Brown University Library: (1) use the link for e-Journals (above, and in the left hand menu column of this page) for a list of e-Journals pertinent to this course that have been pre-selected by the Library Subject Specialist, as well as general lists of journals in law, public history, american history and world history that have been prepared by the Library; (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 -- at least for current issues -- many more 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, try a "Subject" search for "Social Justice -- Periodicals," "Civil Rights -- Periodicals" or "Human Rights -- 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.

    If you are experiencing printing problems from JSTOR while using a Macintosh computer, please download the most recent version of Adobe Reader.
    If you need assistance, please contact the CIS Help Desk or

    LexisNexis Academic  full text icon  
    Current; said to be the world's largest full text, online database, containing more than a billion full text articles, citation abstracts, and documents. Emphasis is on current news and legal and business information. For help in getting started, see Introduction to LexisNexis Video Tutorial.

    Project Muse  full text icon  
    Project Muse is a searchable database that provides access to the full text of journals published by Johns Hopkins University Press and other university presses in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics. Consult the online tables of contents for holdings, as coverage varies for each title. As of 6/2004, includes links to JSTOR.