The Serials Department is located on the second floor of the G. R. Little Library.

The Serials/Periodical Department has the responsibility of acquiring basic journals to support the educational and research programs of the University. A periodical is a general term used to describe publications that are issued at regular intervals (i.e. weekly, monthly, and quarterly). Back issues of journals and magazines are located in the backroom of the Serials Department.

The Serials Staff encourages suggestions for additions to our periodical titles in order to enhance and better support the instructional programs of the University. You may fill out a New Title Request Form. The Serials Department maintains the holdings of records of all currently received, bound or microfilm serials and journals in the online catalog.
Please contact the Serials Department at 252-335-3432 or 252-335-8515 or email Burnella W. Griffin, Serials Librarian.

E-Journal Subject Listing
Journal Finder
Locating Serials
How to Recognize Scholarly or Peer Reviewed Journals

Thesis Guidelines
UNC School of Government Bulletins

Locating Serials

Current periodicals are shelved in alphabetical order in the Serials Department on the second floor of the G. R. Little Library. Back Issues of periodicals are located in Room 218 of the Serials Department. Indexes and abstracts are located in the main area of the Serials Department. Bound periodicals are located on the second floor in the Reference Department. Periodicals on Microfilm are located on the second floor in the Media Department.

Periodicals in electronic format can be accessed from Electronic Resource Page.

Newspaper Area: Current issues of approximately forty-seven U.S. and foreign newspapers are shelved alphabetically by title in the newspaper area. Issues are retained for lengths of time varying from two months to six months. Back issues of newspapers on microfilm which includes: Barron's, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Daily Advance, The New York Times, The News & Observer, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal, are housed in the Media Department.

Journal Finder

What is Journal Finder?

Journal Finder is an integrated search interface that allows you to determine if G. R. Little Library provides electronic access, to find out if ECSU Library owns a print copy, to find out which other libraries may have print copies, and to order copies of articles that can be sent directly to you.

Does Journal Finder just contain scholarly journals?

No. Despite its name, Journal Finder includes not just journals, but also newspapers, magazines, newsletters and other items that come out more than once per year
Which periodical titles are in Journal Finder?
Journal Finder contains lists of all journals, newsletters, newspapers, and magazines that meet one of the following criteria:

  1. G. R. Little Library offers immediate online access to a significant amount of full text for that title
  2. G. R. Little Library owns some printed issues of that title.

How to Recognize Scholarly or Peer Reviewed Journals

Journals are publications that contain articles, editorials, book reviews, and illustrations. Journals are published as an ongoing volume.

Scholarly articles are mostly viewed as having more authority, have an abstract, a descriptive summary of the article contents before the main text of the article. Scholarly journals always cite their sources in the form of bibliographies or footnotes. Scholarly articles bibliographies are usually long.

Popular publications usually appear to the general audience. The articles are usually shorter and provide a boarder overview of topics. They are not evaluated in their fields by experts and the bibliography is usually not provided. Most of the online resources such as Wilson OmniFile or NCLIVE (please use advanced search) will let you choose to search for scholarly/peer-reviewed journals articles verses general interest.

How can you tell the difference between scholarly journals and popular magazines?

EXAMPLES Scholarly Popular
AUTHOR Authors is usually an expert or specialist in the field Author is usually a staff writer or a journalist
LENGTH Articles are longer, provides in-depth analysis of topic, contains specialized jargon of the discipline Articles are short and written in laymen's terms
AUDIENCE Written for scholarly readers(professors, researchers, students etc. Basic reading level for general audience, usually written in non-technical language
SPECIAL FEATURES Illustrations that support the text, such as statistics, graphs, maps or photographs Illustration are glossy or color photographs, usually advertisement
EDITORS Reviewed and evaluated by a board of experts in the field (refereed) Articles are not evaluated by experts in the field,  by editors on staff