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Scholarly Journal or Magazine?

How do I find a book in our library?

Use the Library's CARDinals Catalog to find books, journal titles and other materials such as videos, DVDs, computer software, and course reserves.

The catalog defaults to the basic search mode. Once you locate an item in the catalog, you can find out from the record:

  • where the item is located (call numbers indicate location)
  • whether the item is on the shelf (Available)
  • which years of a journal / newspaper the library owns
  • How do I use direct patron borrowing?
    Direct patron borrowing allows Mineral Area College students, staff, and faculty to initiate their own requests to borrow books from participating Missouri Bibliographic Information Users (MOBIUS) institutions which includes academic and public libraries in Missouri as well as other states.

    Use the following method in locating a book.
    • Search MAC’s CARDinals Catalog to determine whether the Library owns the book you need.
    • If the book is not currently owned by the MAC Library, search MOBIUS. When prompted for your cluster, we are in the Archway cluster. Key in your student ID with the letters MAC after it. For example, 98765mac.

    An email will be sent to your MAC email account when the MOBIUS books are ready for check out. You can check the status of your requests at anytime through your Library Account or you may call or stop by at the Circulation Desk.

    You may pick up your MOBIUS books at the MAC Library Circulation Desk with your current MAC student ID with you. MOBIUS books may be checked out for 4 weeks and may be renewed 2 times. You may only request/checkout ten MOBIUS books at a time.

    This service is not available to community borrowers.

    How do I renew library material?

    Library material may be renewed one time, if it is not overdue or a hold on it. There are two ways to renew:

    • Renew items through your Library Account.
    • Renew items in person. Please have your with your current MAC student ID with you.
    How do I search databases from off-campus?

    Remote access is limited to Mineral Area College students, faculty and staff.

    Check out the "Search for Articles" page for a listing of our databases. Once you select a database, your full name and student ID number (includes MAC at the end).


    Your full name:(as it appears on your student/staff ID): Mary Jones

    Students: Use MAC Student ID # plus mac: 12345mac

    If you have trouble logging in to a database, please call 573-518-2141 for assistance.

    How do I find an article in a journal, magazine, or newspaper?

    Finding articles is usually a two step process:

    • Use a database such as Academic Search Premier or JSTOR to identify an article.
    • If the full text of the article isn't online, go to MAC’s CARDinals Catalog and do a journal title search of the journal, magazine or newspaper that contains your article.

    • Look in the Mac Mag List located at the Library Circulation Desk to see if the library owns the journal, magazine or newspaper.

    The periodical collection is arranged alphabetically by title. Check to see if MAC has the year in which your article appears.

    The current year is kept in the Current Periodicals section. Older issues are located in the Bound Periodicals section. If you need help determining whether or not the library owns the issue you need and where it is located, ask at the Circulation Desk.

    How do I tell if it's a scholarly journal?
    Journals and magazines (often lumped under the term "periodicals") are important sources of information which you can use to support your research. Periodical articles may provide concise, authoritative, or up-to-date information not readily available in books. In order to use the periodical literature effectively, it is helpful to understand that periodicals fall into various levels of scholarship, such as, "scholarly", "trade", "news/general interest", "popular", or "sensational." So if your professor asks you to use scholarly journals, this guide can help you to select appropriate journals.

    Scholarly Journals:
    1. Have a sober, serious look, with graphs and charts rather than glossy illustrations or photographs.
      Cite sources in the form of footnotes or bibliographies.
      Written in the language of the discipline, assuming the reader's familiarity with the "jargon."
      Report on research or experimentation or review the state of the art for the specific scholarly community.
    2. May be published by a professional society or organization.

    Examples of Scholarly Journals: JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association; Foreign Affairs; Shakespeare Quarterly; Sex Roles: a Journal of Research.

    Trade Publications:

    1. Focus on "how to" articles.
      May or may not footnote sources.
      Contains news and advertisements of interest to individuals in a particular profession.
      Often list job openings.
    2. Published by a professional organization in many cases.

    Examples of Trade Publications: Materials Engineering; National Public Accountant.

    News / General Interest:

    1. May be attractive in appearance or in newspaper format; illustrated, often with photographs.
      Usually do not cite sources.
      Written by staff writers, free-lance writers, intellectuals, scholars.
      Published by commercial enterprises, or less frequently by professional organizations.
      Written to inform an educated audience; no specialty is assumed.
    2. Contain advertisements aimed at the general public.

    Examples of News/General Interest Periodicals: Newsweek; Psychology Today; Economist.


    1. Similar to "News / General Interest."
      Slick, attractive format.
      Aim to entertain the reader, promote a viewpoint.
    2. Written in simple language and usually contains brief articles.

    Examples of Popular Periodicals: Sports Illustrated; People Weekly; Woman's Day.


    1. Style may be newspaper format.
      Written in elementary and often inflammatory language.
    2. Aim to arouse curiosity with startling headlines ("Woman with Two Heads Speaks Out.")

    Examples of Sensational Periodicals: National Examiner; Star.