Where is the Reader's Guide located?
The Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature is located in the main level 2, of the High Library in the index area. This is near the back window facing Alpha Hall. Ask at the reference or circulation desk for directions.
Starting your research ... tips for success
Your assigment involves gathering historical research in the history of popularized psychology. You are required to:
- use the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature to locate historical articles on a specific topic
- focus on popular periodicals such as Atlantic Monthly
- focus on a specific historical time period or decade, ie. 1940s or World War I
- research on a specific topic, ie. wives handling veteran husbands returning from war
- use this guide to learn how to read a citation from The Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature BEFORE you try and locate the article.
- Write down the complete citation information for every article you find that looks important. This means recording the article title, journal title, page numbers, volume and author (if provided).
- when using the Readers Guide, try to choose citations/articles that use journals from the "get these first" list of journals that we have easily available in the High Library.
- Learn how to use the Journal Finder tool which helps you to determine if a specific journal is available in print (paper), or microfiche or microfilm format. Print and microfilm/fiche are the fastest articles to get as they are available immediately within the High Library.
- Use Interlibrary Loan as a last resort. Meaning, learn how to first determine if we have it here in the High Library in print or microfilm/form BEFORE you try and request something through interlibrary loan. Requesting a lot of items through interlibrary loan which you should have been able to get yourself in print or in microfilm/fiche will waste valuable research time. Also, interlibrary loan staff will not fill any request for an item that we have in paper the library - it will be sent back to you for you to copy yourself.
- think about researching some of the free online open sources in the Internet such as Google Books for magazines and the Hathi Trust for digitized access to historic periodicals.
- Ask for help.