It is the information which identifies a book, journal article or electronic source.
Example 1: book
Author; Book title; Place of publication; Publisher; Year of publication.
Hardy, Thomas. Jude the obscure. New York: Modern Library, 1923.
Example 2: article
Author; Article title; Journal name; Volume/issue no, year, pages.
Morgan, Rosemarie. "Thomas Hardy." Victorian Poetry 46.3 (2008): 338-345.
Periodical indexes, also known as databases, allow you to search for articles on your subject in many journals at once.
What will I get from an index?
ALWAYS a citation which will include:
USUALLY an abstract, a short summary--this will help to evaluate it.
Example of an Abstract: Discusses the popularity of garage rock in 2000. History of garage rock, which started in the 1960s, when bands had emerged from garages; Influence of garage rock bands on other music genres; How music labels, such as Rhino Records, reissue the garage rock music; Simplicity of garage music.
Source: Billboard; 2/30/2000, Vol. 112 Issue 53/1, p5, 3p
SOMETIMES a full-text article
The full-text article is available on the database or through a link to the journal publisher's website. You can print it out, email it to yourself or others, save to a flashdrive etc.
Go to the Library Catalog and put in the NAME of the JOURNAL or MAGAZINE.
You can change the Collection Area to look for 'Periodicals and Newspapers' only.
DO NOT search by the Title of the Article, or by the Author(s) Names.
If UNH owns/subscribes to it you will be given the:
Call number--to find the volume on the shelf (if kept in Dimond Library)
Location--eg, Dimond Library, a branch library or Storage
Holdings--the dates/volumes UNH own
Online link--giving date range if the journal is electronically available