Finding Government Periodicals
on the Web
Use these steps to determine if a government periodical (journal) is
available on the Web. Before starting, make sure that the journal
you are seeking is a government journal, ie. that it has been published
by a government agency.
Step 1: Check available lists.
Periodicals (University of Louisville)
One of the most comprehensive listings of government periodicals
Lists serials and periodicals only
Indexed by journal title or by publishing agency (SuDoc number)
Periodicals on the Web (Auburn University)
Alphabetical list of journal titles
Good compilation of the more well known periodicals
URL links not only to journal but also to other web sites on related subjects
Key titles only
Includes annuals and major series
Includes monographs as well as periodicals
Links to publications located on official Federal agency Web sites
Step 2: Search online catalogs.
Catalog of U.S. Government publications
Online version covers Jan. 1994- present
Includes hotlinked URLs as of 1995
Check for presence of 856 fields
Step 3: Search agency web page.
Government: U.S. Government: Agencies
Still one of the most effective means for locating electronic documents
Must know the government department and, if possible, the specific office
that published the item
Useful links for finding agency home pages:
U.S. Federal Government
Agencies Page (Louisiana State University)
Web Locator (Villanova)