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The purpose of the Serial Collection is to provide the standard scholarly, multidisciplinary, and news-oriented serial titles necessary to support Aquinas College's liberal arts, career oriented curriculum.
Jennifer Laird Phone: (616) 632-2125 E-mail:
Serials FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
The Grace Hauenstein Library Serials Collection
The Grace Hauenstein Library subscribes to approximately 900 periodicals and newspapers. To find out which titles we subscribe to, you may do a Journal Title search in the TomCat for specific titles. Or, you may browse the current calendar year's issues of most periodicals in the Current Periodical area. Many periodicals are also available in full-text electronic form through our databases. Others are available directly on the Internet. Check our Full-text journal list to see what we have access to!
Differences Between a Serial, Periodical, Magazine, and Journal
Serials and periodicals generally refer to the same type of publication, 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 information about the differences between popular and scholarly periodicals, check out this pdf: Scholarly vs. Non-Scholarly
  Journal (Scholarly) Magazine (News/Popular)
Authorship researcher/scholar journalist/freelance writer
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 Marriage and the Family People, Newsweek
Finding Old Articles
The TomCat record will indicate if we receive the title and the storage format of back issues available in the library. Back issues will be either:
  • Bound: shelved in the Reference area;
  • Microform: microfilm or fiche located in the Reference area
Checking Out Serials
Serials may not be checked out. Articles may be photocopied for $0.10 per page. Articles on microfilm or fiche may be copied on the Reader/Printers for free.
Finding Serials Not Owned by the Library
If the serial you want is not available here, it may be available at another local library. You may request any article we do not provide access to through Interlibrary Loan.
Other Information about Serials for Faculty
Faculty members are encouraged to participate in the development of the Serials Collection. Contact Jen Laird at to be put on the routing list of specific journals. As the inflation rate for journals is above-average, we cannot order all the journals requested. Usually, we order them on a replacement basis so requests for new periodical subscriptions should have the approval of the entire department.