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A guide to how to find journals at the University of Chicago Library.
Last Updated: May 6, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Finding a Specific Journal at the Library

There are three ways to determine if a particular periodical (journal, magazine, or newspaper) is available online or in print at the Library.


    Identifying Journals Owned by Other Libraries

    While the University of Chicago Library subscribes to many periodicals (journals, newspapers, and magazines), it may not have every publication that you may need for your research.   Below are several different resources that can help you locate periodicals at other libraries.

    • WorldCat
      Search the WorldCat database to locate periodicals (journals, newspapers, magazines) held by other libraries. For best results, use "Advanced Search", limiting your search to "Serial".
    • Center for Research Libraries Catalog
      The Center for Research Libraries is a consortium library that loans materials to North American academic and independent research libraries. It has an extremely strong collection and liberal interlibrary loan borrowing policies for periodicals. While CRL's holdings are included in WorldCat, you can also search its catalog independently.
    • Other Library Catalogs
      This web site links to catalogs at several other core libraries that may be of interest for your research.

    Interlibrary Loan

    If you would like to obtain an item not owned by the Library, you can request what you need through the Library's Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service. Interlibrary loan is free and there is no limit to the amount of materials you request. Most items are delivered directly to the Library and held for you at the circulation desk. Articles and book chapters may be sent to you directly via e-mail.

    Please Note:  Many libraries do not loan out entire issues of periodicals, but will only provide copies of articles. As a result, you many need a citation to make a request.  If you need help identifying a specific article, Ask a Librarian or view our guide to finding articles.

    You can request items though interlibrary loan in three ways:

    1. When you locate an item you want to obtain via interlibrary loan in WorldCat or article databases, you can select the Find It! icon to place an interlibrary loan request. Find It! will fill out the form for you.
    2. Logging into your interlibrary loan account.
      You can log into your Intelibrary Loan Account to place requests, view or change oustanding request, and manage your account.
    3. E-mail
      For complicated requests, you can also contact interlibrary loan by e-mail at

    More information is available on the Interlibrary Loan FAQs.

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