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A scholarly periodical devoted to disseminating current information about research and developments in a specific field or subfield of human knowledge. Most journal articles are longer than five pages and include a bibliography or list of works cited. Journal articles usually include a paragraph at the beginning, called an abstract, which summarizes the main points of the article. Compare with magazine.

Library Journals[edit]

  • American Libraries A magazine published 11 times per year by the American Library Association. Most online content is restricted to subscribers (includes ALA members) only. The magazine was launched in 1907 as the "Bulletin of the American Library Association" and was designated ALA's official publication in 1908, after the sale of Library Journal. The magazine was given its current name in 1970.
  • Cataloging & Classification Quarterly Published quarterly by by Haworth Press, Inc. Covers various aspects of bibliographic organization, including theoretical and applied articles, as well as book reviews, editorials, and announcements.
  • College and Research Libraries Scholarly research journal published bimonthly by the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of ALA. Includes articles and book reviews of interest to academic librarians.
  • Computers in Libraries This magazine contains articles about a wide variety of computer issues that relate to libraries of all kinds. It is published monthly by Information Today, Inc.
  • D-Lib Magazine Monthly electronic publication about research and innovation in digital libraries.
  • Information Outlook A magazine published by the Special Libraries Association.
  • Library Journal Founded by Melville Dewey in 1876, this journal served as ALA's official publication until 1908, when it was sold to R. R. Bowker. Today, the journal is published twice a month by Reed Business Information. Its mission statement refers to it as "the only independent journal in the field."
  • Modern Librarian A semi-annual open access journal dedicated to encouraging and publishing scholarship that is focused on both the opportunities and challenges of librarianship. Articles of local, regional, national and international scope are accepted.
  • Reference & User Services Quarterly Abbreviated as RUSQ, this is the official journal of ALA's Reference and User Services Association. It is published 4 times per year by ALA. The journal's target audience is reference librarians, information specialists, and other professionals involved in user-oriented library services.
  • Searcher Subtitled "The Magazine for Database Professionals," it is published 10 times per year by Information Today, Inc. Content is geared toward the professional database searcher, and includes news, tips & techniques, and software reviews.
  • Webology An international journal devoted to the various fields of LIS and the World Wide Web.

Directories of Library Journals[edit]

  • Open Directory Project category
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)


  • "The First 100 Years." American Libraries, 38(6), June/July 2007, pg 60-75.

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