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Find a specific journal

A journal can be found by title,  or by ISSN

You want to find this journal: Ancient West & East.

You enter the whole title (or a part of it) between quotation marks. By using the index label title (ti:) you will enhance the search results.

ti:"Ancient west & east"

If the results list is too long you can use the material type filter to search for journals only.

                screenshot SmartCat. filter material type

Journals can also be found by searching the ISSN.

Use this format with the hyphen to search ISSN: 1783-8363



There is a A-Z list of all available e-journals. You can find this list in the dropdown menu under 'resources'


With each e-journal in the list you will find one or multiple links to the full-text. 'Coverage' tells you which volumes of the journal are available in which database.  

If the journal is also available in print you will see the button 'check holdings in our Library Catalog' which will take you back to SmartCat.

By clicking 'advanced search' underneath the search bar you can open an advanced search screen which allows you to execute a more refined search. You can combine keywords with AND, OR and NOT, specify which fields you want to search and use Format to search for journals only. 




Index labels allow you to choose which indexes you want to search. In the example for quick search the labels for author (au:) and title (ti:) are used, but there are many more index labels available.

The following index labels might be useful when searching for journals:

Searching... Index label Example
All words kw:

Multiple fields like author, title, subject headings and abstract are searched

Title ti:

ancient east west  (title contains these words)

"ancient east & west" (title contains this phrase)

ISSN sn: sn:0004-3079
Format x0: x0: jrnl


How do I obtain the journal?

If a journal is available in Groningen the results list will mention:

                screenshot SmartCat. availability UG


The results list will show only one edition (the most recent) of a publication. For journals this means that in many cases only the e-journal appears in the results list. If the journal is also available in print there will be a section beneath the record called 'other editions and format at University of Groningen with a link to the print edition.

For an e-journal in the results list there will be either a button to the e-journal (Access journal) or to an overview of available links (Access online) if there are multiple links.


Clicking the title of a journal will open a detailed description. Next to the description will be a window called 'access options'. If online access is available the button will be present here as well. If the journal is available in print there will be a request button. A link in the access options will lead to all the availability information in the record. For a location the items in the overview can be sorted by call number, with the oldest or the newest volumes on top.

                screenshot SmartCat. access options journal

If the journal is placed in the closed stacks you can request the volumes you need.Clicking 'request' will open a request form.

In the form select the options 'specific copies or volumes' and a location where you want to pick up the requested items. Next check the volumes you want to borrow in the list of available items and click 'submit'

                screenshot SmartCat. pop-up request journal

You will receive an email nofifications when the items you requested are available at the selected pick-up location.

If a journal is not available in Groningen it is possible to make an ILL-request for an article published in that journal. Click 'Request from another library' in the access options to open the ILL request form.


In some cases there is no online access and no request button. Then it is possible to create a request in 'my account'

                screenshot SmartCat. my account. requests            In the overview of requests click 'create request'. This will open the ILL request form to request items that are not available in Groningen.


Requesting an article from another library in the Netherlands is free for students and staff of the university.

More on ILL and its costs




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