Does Western subscribe to this journal?


The best way to find your answer is to head straight to the Shared Library Catalogue.  Change the search option to “Journal Title” and type in the exact name of the journal (including all the “ands” and “the’s”, etc).   This may even be necessary if you’ve found a journal article using Summon.

If your journal appears in the results list, or if the library record opens, then you know Western or the affiliates subscribes to  the journal currently, or has subscribed to the journal in the past.

If the journal doesn’t appear in the list, you’re sure you’ve typed it in correctly, and you get a screen like the one below, we do not have a subscription.

You’re not stuck at this point, though.  See the blog post on interlibrary loan, or ask a library staff member for more help!

What happens if the library stops subscribing to a journal?


Sometimes this happens: budget cuts affect us all.  But fear not!

To know if Western or the affiliates subscribe to a journal, make sure to check the Shared Library Catalogue.  The issues and volumes that a library owns will appear in the record.

If a library doesn’t subscribe to a journal anymore, the record will look like the one below (click on the image to expand):


You’ll notice that the record has “//” in the “LIB HAS” line.  This means that Brescia no longer subscribes to this journal.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Scroll down to the bottom of the library record to see if the journal has changed names. This happens more often than you’d think.  In our above example, the journal did change names to Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, which Brescia subscribes to. I put a box around the information you want to look for in the picture below.
  2. Check to see if another institution can provide you with full-text access through Interlibrary Loan.  You do this by using RACER, a big library catalogue that searches all the participating institutions’ own library catalogues.  You’ll have to set up a RACER account the first time you use this system, and be prepared that it will take a while for the item to arrive at Brescia. (To learn more about Interlibrary loan, visit Western Libraries’ ILL page!)
  3. If the library record has a link to online access, go ahead and click to see if you can find the full-text anyway.  If one of the online links sayS “Directory of Open Access Journals,” this option will likely be successful.

If these options don’t work, or if you have trouble with requesting an item through Interlibrary Loan (most people need help with this system the first time they use it), make sure to ask for help from a library staff person!