Life West Library
25001 Industrial Blvd. Hayward, CA 94545
Library : Journals Guide
Journals AtoZ is the best way to find:
- Print subscriptions (with years held)
- Online subscriptions (with available years)
- Free online journals in health sciences
- A way to navigate to the full-text article whenever direct links in PubMed, ICL or MANTIS fail.
Journals AtoZ is not an article index.
You should search journal indexes and databases to find specific articles on your topic.
However, if you want to search inside just one journal, AtoZ will take you to the journal’s web site and often it will have a search feature.Journals AtoZ: step by step
- Use the alphabetical bar to navigate to the journal title
Enter the most significant keyword in the search box.
- If there is a link to the online version of the journal, it leads to the publisher’s site.
- Then navigate to the year, volume, issue, and page of the article you need.
- If there is no link, then the article is available for photocopying, reading in the library, or in some cases for borrowing.
Journals AtoZ: sample search screens
Sample entry from the “Sp” section of the list:
|←||Library has a subscription only to the print issues.|
|←||Library has a subscription to the print issues + full text online.|
Sample results of keyword search for journal titles containing the word “manipulative”
|←||Library has a subscription to the print + full text online.|
Use the special link PubMed@LCCW on the Research Databases page, instead of www.pubmed.gov. Only then will our icons to show up in search results displayed in Abstract view.
The icons look like this. They appear only when citations are displayed in Abstract view.
Article is available online.
Article is available in print.
If clicking the Electronic Format icon to open the article occasionally fails, try the online journal links in Journals AtoZ as an alternative. First, make a note of the citation, because in Journals AtoZ, you will have to navigate to the journal, then the volume, issue, and finally the article.
Free articles in PubMed are visible to everyone.
PubMed indicates Free Articles in brown, when results are displayed in Summary or in Abstract view.
Summary View is the default screen, the one you see after each search.
If an article is not free, redisplay it in Abstract view to see if Life West subscribes.
Important PubMed tip for LifeWest faculty and students
Under Filter your results is a link to Free Full Text.
When viewing search results in PubMed, do not limit your research to only the open-access (free) articles.
Why not view only the Free Text?
Students and faculty have access to subscribed journals as well as free full text. Tuition supports journal subscriptions, and students should take advantage of all available content. In addition, the library provides reasonably priced document delivery to all researchers.
What should you do instead?
You can limit search results to only those articles immediately available at Life West. Easily retrieve both Life West subscriptions and free full text using this simple strategy.
- Construct a search
- Append this phrase AND (loprovlifewlib [sb] OR free full text [sb]).
- Note than search results will include Life West’s paid subscriptions as well as free articles.
- Ask a librarian how to save a Custom Filter in My NCBI to replace step 2.
Anytime and anywhere, faculty and currently enrolled students can open full text articles in subscribed journals. EZProxy service, in tandem with Journals AtoZ list, makes this possible.
EZProxy does not work directly from PubMed or any other online index.
You must navigate to the journal article using the links in Journals AtoZ.
Using EZProxy: read instructions on this page or use the handout of illustrated instructions (PDF, 2 pages).
Faculty : Ask at the reference desk for your password.
Student : Follow onscreen instructions.
EZProxy login screen appears only when navigating to a journal article via Journals AtoZ.
Only online articles from journals with a paid subscription will generate a login screen.
Free (open-access) articles open without any help from EZProxy.
EZProxy: Step by Step
- Have the needed citations in hand
- Look up the journal title in Journals AtoZ
- If there is a link available, go to the online journal
- Navigate to the article, and choose PDF format.
- Free articles will open up on their own
- Subscription articles generate the EZProxy login screen. Instructions are clearly posted.
- Continue to connect with other journal titles as needed. Login is active until browser window closes.
- Please contact the systems librarian to report technical problems. Thank you!
- Index to Chiropractic Literature's Open Access Library has custom Google searchers for chiropractic magazines, and lists of journals with free content.
- Directory of Open Access Journals has an article search feature.
- Directory of Open Access Journals: Health Science is a useful subset of the entire directory.
- Free Medical Journals has a Journal Alert service.
- Life West's Keeping Current guide lists services that notify users of new content for journals and newsletters.
- HighWire Press: Free Online Full-Text Articles has an article search feature. Limited to the journals published with the assistance of HighWire Press. Claims to be the largest archive of free online science articles in the world.
- PubMed provides a useful link to “free full text” as part of search results. Whenever an open-access journal is indexed in PubMed, its citations always include the link “Free Article” which leads to repositories or publisher sites such as PubMedCentral, BioMed Central, Public Library of Science, and many more.