The purpose of the Serials Collection is to provide scholarly, multidisciplinary, and news-oriented titles necessary to support Georgetown University in Qatar’s liberal arts and international affairs curriculum.
- What serials do we get?
- What is a serial? periodical? journal? magazine?
- What if I need an old article?
- Can I check serials out of the library?
- What if the library doesn’t own the serials I need?
Georgetown University in Qatar Library Serials Collection
The GU-Q Library subscribes to approximately 200 periodicals and newspapers, including Arabic and French language publications, and covering both core curriculum subject areas and general interest. They are located in the central area on the ground floor of the library. To find out if we subscribe to a particular title you can do a title search using Journal Finder, or check the list of print periodicals. Many periodicals are also available in full-text electronic form through our databases. Others are available directly on the Internet.
We currently carry 19 national and international daily newspapers, including 6 local Arabic and 2 French titles. These are available for browsing in the library.
Differences between a periodical, serial, journal, and magazine
Serials and periodicals generally refer to the same type of publication, ie anything that is published periodically. All magazines, newspapers and journals are serials/periodicals. Magazines and journals, on the other hand, refer to specific types of serials. For basic information about the differences between popular and scholarly periodicals see below:
|Journal (Scholarly)||Magazine (News/Popular)|
|Audience||other professionals or students in the field||general public|
|Purpose||report original research, experiments or theories||inform or entertain|
|Sources||always cite sources, bibliography||may cite sources|
|Publisher||professional association or commercial group||commercial group or special interest organization|
|Example||Journal of Economic Literature||The Economist, Vogue|
Finding old articles
The GEORGE catalog record will indicate if we carry the title and the back issues available. If a title is available electronically we will only hold back issues for one-two years, depending on the publication. Back issues will be stored either:
- In the storage cubby behind the current edition of a title (lift the shelf to access the cubby);
- On the Periodicals Storage shelves located behind the Reference area
Checking out serials
GU-Q students, faculty, teaching assistants, staff, and alumni can check out any number of periodicals (excluding daily newspapers) for up to seven days, with no renewal. Public patrons can check out up to 5 periodicals for up to seven days, with no renewal. Daily newspapers can be read within the library. Please note that we do not hold back issues of daily newspapers in the library but the previous day’s editions are usually available on the wooden display shelves located just outside the main entrance of the library.
Finding serials not owned by the library
Check using Journal Finder to see if the title is carried by the Georgetown Main Campus Library. If so, you can request a scanned copy of the article to be sent to you by email via ArticleReach Direct