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Journals and magazines: Finding a journal or magazine

How to find journals and magazines, and the articles within them, both online and in hard copy.

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What is a journal?

Journals are usually more serious than magazines, and many of them can be counted as academic sources.  However the division between journals and magazines is not always clear. Journals, magazines and newspapers are together sometimes called periodicals or serials.



Finding a journal or magazine

Use the search box below, entering (part of) the name of the journal, magazine or newspaper. Do not enter the name of the article.



The search box will find you:

  • online journals, magazines and newspapers
  • titles kept in hard copy in the SIA London or NY libraries
  • some recommended free online journals  



Of course, many more relevant, free journals and magazines will be found online, via Google or another general search engine.


See also:


Also useful

Avant-garde and Modernist Magazines comprehensive guide to finding these magazines online.  See the modernism guide for links to many collections of digitised magazines from this period.


Internet Archive Scholar may contain some titles unavailable elsehwehre, including historic magazines and recent open-access titles that have disappeared from the web.


Journal TOCs (Tables of Contents) is a free service letting you set up notifications when new articles are published by your favourite journals. Notifications are delivered to the email address you register with. Please note: the links to journals and articles in the notification emails will not give you access to the articles (despite what the email says), except in the case of free online journals. Instead, use the journal search box at the top of this page to find the journal issue you are interested in.


Road is one of several platforms for finding free scholarly resources online.  It is possible to limit searches to journals only. Road looks for journals, not journal articles.


Szczepanski's List of Open Access Journals is a huge list of free scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences, listing 35,000 titles.  It's a little unwieldy to use, but a good reference tool in certain circumstances, e.g. if you want to find out if you've missed any journals in a specialist subject area.


Ulrich's Periodicals Directory tells you which databases contain a particular journal.


Zines: see the British Library, Tate Library, University of the Arts (London College of Communication) and Wellcome Collection Library. Info about accessing these libraries is here.