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Journals & Magazines - Finding Periodicals: Home

Library Catalog Search



Use the Library Catalog to search the main collection for periodicals. Select Journal Title from the drop down menu.

The catalog record will show if the journal is available online and will also show where in the library it can be found if available in print.

Library Trivia.  Do you know what this is?

It's library card catalog, which folks used to search for books and periodicals before the catalog was made available online.  You could search the cards by subject or author to find the library book or periodical you were looking for and then go find it on the shelves!

Periodical List Search

Wondering if the library has a specific journal, and you know the journal's title or have an idea of the title? Search here!

Enter Journal Title:

If the journal is online, the search results will show a database or a list of databases with years of publication that the journal is available.

The results will also provide links to the library's catalog that allow you to see if the journal is available in print and/or microform, and if so, where you can find it in the library.

Ask a Librarian

Use the Ask a Librarian service for questions about library resources, research assignments or other information. We offer chat and text, or you can email your question.

You may also make an online or face-to-face appointment with a subject librarian. Learn more about individual research consultations.


Request a TexShare card through this request form or sign up at the Circulation/Reserve Desk on the main floor.

  • Texshare cards allow you borrowing privileges at many local libraries, including the following participating libraries.
  • All current Texas State students and employees are eligible.
  • Cards are valid for 1 long semester.
  • Materials must be returned to the same library from which they were borrowed.
  • You are responsible for any charges for lost or damaged materials. 
  • Students that do not return items will have "holds" placed on their records. This will prevent you from registering for classes, obtaining transcripts or grades, etc.
  • For questions about TexShare contact the Circulation/Reserve Desk at 512.245.3681 or via email.

Popular Magazines

Current issues of Popular Magazines are located on this display, any

many back issues on the white shelves nearby.

Current Periodicals/Journals/Magazines

On the 3rd floor you'll find the Current Periodicals arranged alphabetically on white metal shelves (pictured here).  You may be wondering what a periodical is. . . A periodical is a magazine or journal that is published in issues periodically throughout the year.  

The collection has scholarly journals on a variety of subjects, including science, math, art, geography, literature, music, history, and technology; trade publications that are specific to certain professions, such as education; and popular magazines, such as Time, Rolling Stone, and Sports Illustrated. 

There are thousands of periodicals in the collection with full text articles in the form of online e-journals, microform/microfiche, bound journals, and physically on the shelves.

The latest issues of popular magazines are on the 3rd floor display case. Take a favorite off the case when needing to take a study break and relax.



Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free lending service available to current Texas State students and employees. ILL borrows items from other libraries that Alkek Library does not own such as journal articles, books, DVDs, CDs—anything you might need for your research.

Use the online Interlibrary Loan request system ILLiad to order your ILL items. Enter as much information as you know about the item you need, and the ILL staff will try to track it down.

Depending on the type of item you're requesting, turnaround times vary—to be safe, plan to wait a few business days for an article and at least a week for a book.

If you need help with making an ILL request or have questions about the process, call the ILL office at 512.245.4893.