Periodicals and US Government Documents Department

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About the Periodicals and US Government Documents Department

Library, Second Floor
Periodicals Librarian: 

Services available from the library staff at the Periodicals Desk on the 2nd floor include:

  • Locating specific issues of journals or magazines through the Periodicals List A-Z
  • Help in using photocopiers and microform reader-printers
  • Limited assistance using the PC workstations & networked printers
  • DVDs and VHS tapes are also located in this area and can be borrowed from this desk (click here for details about Media Services)
  • Help locating selected U.S. Government Document titles available in the collection.

Today, the Guarini Library subscribes to fewer than 200 periodical titles in print format. However, thousands of electronic journal titles are available through the library’s subscription databases and the Periodicals List A-Z.

Back files of many of our periodical titles are not always available retrospectively in electronic full text format. The Periodicals Department maintains access to our print back files of older issues of many periodicals arranged alphabetically by title and date on open stacks in bound volumes and loose issues. Microform back files of periodicals are similarly arranged in large metal filing cabinets near the reader-printers. Current issues of selected magazines, journals and newspapers are received daily and available for use in the Periodicals browsing area.

At present, please note that periodicals titles are listed in WorldCat Discovery, but specific holdings can be found in the Periodicals List A-Z .The key to the subject content of periodicals is the vast array of library subscription databases, and retrospective indexes and abstracts located in the Reference Department. Consult these for exact citations before going to Periodicals.

The US Government is one of the most prolific publishers in the world and the Congressman Frank J. Guarini Library has been designated since 1963 as a selective depository for these publications. The Library chooses from various categories of Federal Documents those that support and supplement the University’s curriculum, e.g. the Census reports. The major access point to this vast wealth of information is the Catalog of Government Publications, now available online for easier searching.

Many of the U.S. Government Documents are now published as electronic publications and are cataloged in WorldCat Discovery. Select the “Online” library option in WorldCat Discovery to search for these publications.