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Consumer Health Complete - Browsing Publications

The Publication Authority File lists the information contained in a database according to journal or magazine name.

To browse a Publication Authority File:

  1. From the Advanced Search Screen, click the Publications link. The Publication Authority File appears, with the beginning of the list displayed.

    publications list

  2. From the Publications Screen, enter your search terms in the Browse for field. You can enter all or part of a publication name. (For example, you could enter Time.)

  3. Select a search type. Click one:

    • Alphabetical - Finds journals beginning with the letters you entered. Results are displayed in alphabetical order.

    • By Title, Subject & Description - Finds publications that carry that term in the Title, Subject, or Description fields of the Publication Details.

      The selections may vary by database.

  4. Click Browse. A Result List is displayed.

  5. Browse the list by using the scroll bar or the arrow keys to move up or down the current page, or by using the up or down arrows at the top and bottom of the page.

For a description of the journal or publication, click the hyperlinked Publication Name. The information found in the Publication Details may include: the title, ISSN, publisher information (name, address, publisher URL), title history, bibliographic record and full text coverage, publication type, the subject and/or a description of the journal, and whether the journal is peer reviewed.

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Hyperlinks to all issues are displayed in a column on the right side of the screen. If the journal displays a title history, you can switch between All Issues in the history or Current Title Only (the issues for the current title being displayed).

Marking Items for Search

You can use the Mark Items for Search feature to search several publications at the same time, or to combine publication names with other search terms.

To search for several publications at the same time:

  1. With the Publication Result List displayed, mark the check boxes to the left of the publications you want to search.

  2. Click Add. The publications you selected are placed in the Find field on the Search Screen. (They are combined with "or.")

  3. To search within those publications, click Search. To revise your search, you can add more terms in the Find field and click Search.
    • For example, enter science in the Browse for field and click Browse. You could then mark the publications Science and Society and Science as Culture, and click Add. Your selections would be posted in the Find field as: JN "Science & Society" OR JN "Science as Culture"

    • You could click Search, and obtain results from both publications. You could also edit your search in the Find field, adding "and humanity" to your search. This would provide a different set of search results.

To search within a publication:

  1. From a journal's Publication Detail screen, click the Search within this publication link.

  2. The Search screen appears with the JN tag and the journal name entered in the Find field. Add any additional search terms and/or limiters and click Search.

  3. A Result List is displayed.