How to Use the E-Journal Portal

To Find an Electronic Journal by Title

If you want to check to see if we have a journal available in full-text online, type in the journal name (title) in the search box under the words Find e-journals by title or ISSN at the E-Journal Portal. Then, click on the "search" button.

In the results list, locate your journal title and check to see if the date range for the electronic version meets your needs. Some journals are available electronically only for certain years and may exclude the most recent 12 months.

Your journal may be available in several databases. Next to your journal title in the results list, click on the link to the database you prefer, or on the database that has the best date coverage for your purpose. There may be multiple links to indicate indicate the different e-journal providers/vendors for each journal. You may choose any of those links.

If you are accessing the journal from a computer that does not have a BCTC IP address (such as your home computer), you will be asked to enter your BCTC e-mail’s Username and Password on the BCTC EZProxy access page. You should then be able to pass through to the database journal site.

From there, each database may have a slightly different access method for their journal articles. Some may list the journal issues by date links and then in a table of content format. Some you can enter the author or keywords to retrieve your article.

To Find an Electronic Journal by Browsing

If you want to check to see if we have a journal available in full-text online, but you are not sure of anything but the first letter of the title, you may browse for a journal title. Browse e-journals by selecting a letter from the A-Z letter links under the heading Browse e-journals at the E-Journal Portal. Then, click on the "search" button.

To Find an Electronic Journal by Subject

If you want to see a list of e-journals by subject area, select a subject area category (such as Social Sciences, for example) from the drop-down menu under Browse e-journals by Subject at the E-Journal Portal. Click on the blue arrow to activate the drop-down menu, select a subject category, and then click on the "search" button.

To Find an Electronic Journal by ISSN or by Keyword

If you want to search for a journal by its ISSN number, type the journal name (title) in the search box under the words Find e-journals by title or ISSN at the E-Journal Portal. Select ISSN Equals from the drop-down menu to the left of the search box (click on blue arrow; drop down menu will appear). Then, click on the "search" button. To search by keyword in the journal's title, select Title Contains All Words from the drop-down menu, instead.

To Find an Electronic Journal by Exact Title

If you want to search for a journal by its exact title, type the full journal title in the search box under the words Find e-journals by title or ISSN at the E-Journal Portal. Select Title Equals from the drop-down menu to the left of the search box (click on blue arrow; drop down menu will appear). Then, click on the "search" button. You don't need to type initial words of the title, such as "The."

What Do I Do if I Cannot Find the Journal Title I Want?

If you cannot find a journal in the E-Journal Portal , we may not have it in full-text online. However, we may have the journal in print form. If you would like to check if we have the journal in print form (i.e., paper copies of the journals), please check the KCTCS Library Catalog. (When searching the KCTCS Library Catalog, type in journal name; limit to BCTC campus and select "search by journal title" from catalog drop-down menu.)

Sometimes, when searching in our databases you will find a citation, but no full-text link. Not all databases are completely full-text. If you find a citation only (article name and source, but no full-text link), you may search the KCTCS Library Catalog for a print copy of the journal title, or if we do not have it you may request a copy of the article by using our library's Interlibrary Loan Service. ILL service requests may take two weeks or more to process, however, so plan ahead if you want to use that service.

Another option is to visit nearby area libraries, such as UK's Young Library or the Lexington Public Library, to see if they have the journal you want. Use UK's InfoKat Catalog or the Lexington Public Library Catalog before you go, to check availability.

Databases that are citation-only, or databases that are not currently tracked by E-Journal Portal, will not appear in the E-Journal Portal listing. A listing of the databases available through E-Journal Portal can be found on the E-Journal Portal page. For other databases, please visit the articles page of the LRC's web site.

Troubleshooting

Access to Gale InfoTrac Databases (Expanded Academic ASAP, Health & Wellness Resource Center, & Health Reference Center Academic) via the E-Journal Portal:

If you see an InfoTrac login page when trying to access a journal, please return to the E-Journal Portal main search page and click on any of the direct links to Gale databases listed on the E-Journal Portal main search page (Expanded Academic ASAP, Health & Wellness Resource Center, or Health Reference Center Academic). After that, the Gale cookie will be in place and you will be able to go back (click "back" button in browser) and search the E-Journal Portal and not hit the InfoTrac login page again when you search for a specific journal.