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How do I find magazines?  

A guide to finding magazines for your research.
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Core Magazine Databases

Is there an index?

Indexes help you locate articles within specific magazines.  Most current indexes are online databases. 

Some older periodicals may have their own print intdexes.  If an index is available in our collection, it will be listed in the holdings or circulation status in the Library Catalog record for the publication.

If you would like to determine if a specific magazine is indexed, the following source can be helpful.


Finding Magazines at the University of Chicago Library


To locate specific magazines by title, use our e-journals database.  Or, if you are looking for articles on a topic, search one of our article databases.

In Print

Some recent issues of magazines are shelved in the current periodicals section of each campus library. Older magazines are usually bound and available in the stacks or the Mansueto Library.  Search the Catalog for specific titles. 

On Microfilm

Some magazines are available on microfilm.  Most can be found in the Microforms Collection on the 3rd Floor of Regenstein Library. For individual titles, search the Library Catalog.

Finding Magazines at Other Libraries

If a magazine is available at another library, it may be possible to borrow it via Interlibrary Loan.  However, while some libraries will loan magazines on microfilm, many libraries require a specific article citation.  For help, Ask a Librarian.

  • WorldCat  
    Search the WorldCat database to locate magazines held by other libraries. For best results, use "Advanced Search", limiting your search to "Serial".
  • Center for Research Libraries Catalog  
    CRL is a consortium of North American academic and independent research libraries. It has an extremely strong magazine collection (foreign, domestic, and specialized), and liberal borrowing policies.

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