Note: It is important to emphasize how NOT to find articles in periodicals.
An index lists citations (title and author of article, name of periodical, date, etc.) to articles in magazines, periodicals and journals. The BPCC Library subscribes to a variety of indexes available in two formats: online and print.
A database provides online access to citations, abstracts and full-text articles in magazines, journals, and newspapers. The BPCC Library subscribes to a variety of databases covering many subject areas.
Before initiating a search in an index, devise a search strategy.
Which Index/Database should I use?
Check the Database Descriptions binder at the Circulation Desk for an alphabetical list of the databases and print indexes available at BPCC. Check the instructions or help screens for a particular database before initiating a search. They will help you use the database more effectively and efficiently.
Reference Librarians are also available to instruct you with all of your informational needs. Feel free to set up an appointment by stopping by the Reference Desk or call 318-678-6331, ext. 357.
Databases accessible through the BPCC library are commercial products purchased from vendors. Citations mentioned in database searches may not be available in the BPCC Library collection. Sometimes articles have to be ordered through interlibrary loan, i.e. from another library.
Locating the Full-Text Article
Access citations, abstracts and full-text articles from thousands of magazines, journals, and newspapers is available from a variety of online databases. Access is available on or off campus through the Library's webpage www.bpcc.edu/library. From the Library's webpage, click Indexes and Databases. If you are off campus, click the following: "If you are off campus, click here" Select a database. You will be asked for a logon ID (your 9-digit student ID) and PIN.
The Library purchases microfiche for many of its periodicals. Microfiche look like a plastic index card with a miniaturized picture of journal pages. Microfilm is available for back issues of THE TIMES. Inquire at the Circulation Desk for help in locating the issues you require and assistance in using the microform readers and printers.