journal titles, abbrev.


By Rose Petralia

Have you ever had a hankering to look up the cited references in a really useful article, only to find something like this listed as the journal title?

Catal. Rev. Sci. Engin.

You’d love to check the Evans Library’s A-Z Journal list to find out if you can get your hands on this elusive journal, but you need real words to enter into the search form — where to begin, oh dedicated researcher, with that? Enter the abbreviation, and what you end up with is “Sorry, this search returned no results.” Never fear! All That JAS: Journal Abbreviation Sources is the website for you, my friends. The site collects websites that are categorized by discipline, allowing you to find complete journal titles by searching their abbreviations. The website also allows you to “Search for journal by abbreviation.” Enter  journal abbreviations directly into the search box on the home page, and your abbreviations are matched with corresponding journal titles from Cornell University’s extensive holdings. It’s a quick place to begin, and tells us that Catal. Rev. Sci. Engin. is actually Catalysis reviews: science and engineering (which the Evans Library does have in its A-Z Journal list).

Find more abbreviation resources on Evans Library’s website, under Express Links > Internet Sites > Reference Sources > Abbreviations and Acronyms. And remember, you can always Ask a Librarian for help!

Don’t you feel better?


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  1. The library also has a print reference source that can help you find out the full title of a journal or periodical. It is called Periodical Title Abbreviations: By Abbreviation. It can be found in the first floor reference section by its call number: REF Z6945.A2W4 2006.

  2. Richard Turner on

    Discipline-specific sources also often have abbreviations that the sources use. Two in my area are Biological Abstracts (BIOSIS List of Serials [and other versions of that title]) and Zoological Record. The advantage of these sources for abbreviations is that they go waaaayyyy back in publication history and cover many titles that today might be considered obscure. I have not checked the Cornell-based All That JAS but will add it to my resources.

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