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USING THE COLLECTION
POPULAR CULTURE COLLECTIONS
SERIAL AND GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS EXTERNAL SITES
|Periodical Directories and Union Lists
A key to locating needed periodicals in the Library of Congress collections is to have accurate titles and places of publication for them. Directories identify title changes, provide publishing information that can distinguish otherwise similar titles, and, more important for researchers, can provide subject access to journal titles that may not be indexed in bibliographies and indexes.
Directories specific to electronic journals are available through the World Wide Web. The N&CPR Web page includes listings of electronic journals under Other Internet Resources—Periodicals.
Besides locating other libraries and assisting in verifying holdings information, many union lists provide publication history and editorial information to help you verify citations and trace title changes. The most comprehensive and indispensable historical title is Union List of Serials in Libraries of the United States and Canada, 3rd ed. (New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1965; Z6945.U45 1965 N&CPR). First coordinated by the American Library Association in 1913, this five-volume set lists more than 150,000 serials from 1,000 libraries (including the Library of Congress); among them are annual publications, monographic series, children's magazines, and some pulp magazines. It excludes most newspapers, government publications, almanacs, law reports, house organs, and college student publications. Its value to researchers lies in its comprehensive gathering of serial titles and comparative information about collections held across various libraries. It is not intended to provide subject access to serials and lacks any kind of thematic organization of material.
Directories commonly used by division specialists include the following, which are available in most libraries:
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