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Tip: You can read current newsstand issues of many magazines on the Library’s website.

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The Library has lots of popular magazines, but the current copy — the one on the newsstands — is not available for check out until the next issue arrives. But now there is another option: full-text articles from current issues of many magazines are available on the library’s website.

I did a search for some weekly news magazines and found that Newsweek, Time, and U.S. News & World Report all have current issues in the Library’s General Onefile database. It is very easy to access:

On the website, click on resources, then choose these links:

general-icon1 General: Magazine & journal articles on many topics

General Onefile – popular magazines and journal articles.

If you are searching from within the Library, you will go right to the database. If you are searching for home, you will need to type in your library card number.

Once you’re in General Onefile, click the link at the top of the screen called Publication Search and type the title of your magazine in the search box to see if it is included in the database.

If your magazine appears in the search results, the description will tell you whether the database includes full-text or index only:

Newsweek

Magazine/Journal

  • ISSN: 0028-9604
  • Publisher: Newsweek, Inc.
  • Issues/Year: 52
  • Audience: General
  • Publication Format Magazine/Journal
  • Index coverage: Jan 7, 1980 – Current
  • Full-text coverage: Dec 12, 1994 – Current

Click on the link for the title and scroll down to find links to current and recent issues:

Jan 12, 2009; Vol.152, Issue 02

Jan 5, 2009; Vol.153, Issue 01

For those who would like current information about computers, PC Magazine and Macworld have current issues in the database – in fact, Macworld has full-text with graphics, so you can see PDF files that include illustrations. For sports enthusiasts, there is Sports Illustrated, and People Weekly is available for those who like to be up to date on popular culture.

Other titles that I found with this feature are Consumer Reports, Business Week, Money, and Fortune. All titles that have the current issue also have a backfile that can be viewed.

Current issues are just the tip of the iceberg in this database, which is part of the Vermont Online Library (VOL), a cooperative project of the Vermont Department of Libraries and local public libraries. Through the VOL databases, archives of thousands of magazine can be searched by author, subject or title. Indexes go back many years but vary by magazine. Academic journals are also part of the database.

Give it a try. See what treasures you find. It is all free, paperless and available 24 hours a day with your library card and a computer.

If this strikes your fancy and you would like to learn more, please stop by the Reference desk. We would also like to hear about some of your discoveries.

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