Using the Readers' Guide
I. Choose the volume for the year you want to search.
II. Look up the subject you are interested in researching.
Although you can search under the author's name, most often you will be looking for articles on a subject.
Pay attention to cross-references. Cross-references are notes that refer you from subject headings that are not used to those which are used (See references), as well as from one subject heading to related subject headings (See also references)
|See references (Where to locate articles)||See also references (Where to locate more articles)|
|CANAPES See Appetizers
EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE RELATIONS See Industrial psychology; Personnel management
LITE COOKING See Low calorie cooking
NERVE GASES See Chemical and biological weapons
You'll notice that subject headings are further subdivided using centered headings. These are divisions of the main topic. These divisions may be general or geographical. The topical divisions are aways listed first, in alphabetical order. The geographical divisions follow, also in alphabetical order. Each of these subdivisions may have its own articles or cross references just as the main heading has. Note, in the following example that International aspects, a general subdivision comes before all the geographical subdivisions and that the geographical divisions are in alphabetical order.
New York (State)
New York metropolitan area
A typical Readers' Guide entry:
Wanna neck? [hairstyles that reveal the nape of the neck] A. Schwartz. il Mademoiselle v106 no8 p170-1 Ag 2000
In this case "Neck" is the subject of the article. "Wanna neck? is the title. The note: [hairstyles that reveal the nape of the neck] explains what the article is about since it's not obvious from the title. The author is A. Schwartz. If you looked up the author's name under SCHWARTZ, you would find out her first name is Allison. The abbreviation "il" tells you the article is illustrated. The name of the magazine, Mademoiselle, is in italics. the next two abbreviations tell what volume and number the particular issue is. This is useful when looking for bound volumes of magazines and is sometimes required in a citation note. The page the article os found on in the magazine is indicated as p170-1 which means the article starts on page 170 and ends on the next page. And finally, the date of the magazine is indicated. In this case the August 2000 issue.
IV. Check to see whether the library has the magazine
The library does not subscribe to all the periodicals indexed in the
Readers' Guide so you will need to check the list kept by the indexes
or online to find out whether the particular
magazine you need is available.
Magazines are kept in the small room off the reference room. They are arranged alphbetically by title. You are free to browse the entire collection.
V. Magazine check out procedure
Magazines can be checked out for three days. Bring the magazine to the circulation desk and fill out a small slip of paper with your name, your homeroom teacher's name, the name of the magazine you are checking out as well as the date of each magazine. The magazine will be placed in a plastic envelope for safety. Please be careful with magazines. They are fragile.