Navigate this libguide from the TOC below or the blue tabs (and sub-tabs) above.
UlrichsWeb is the digital analog of the longstanding Ulrich's Periodicals Directory in print. It provides comprehensive information about hundreds of thousands of journals, including both active and ceased titles. Search for a journal by keyword(s) or ISSN. Limit your results to place of publication, journal topic, refereed designation, and so forth. Each journal record contains the following information:
CUFTS also shows which abstracting and indexing services cover a particular journal.
WorldCat is a library "union catalog." It contains tens of millions of bibliographic records contributed by thousands of professional cataloging librarians in the United States and beyond. In addition to journals, the database describes books, manuscripts and archival materials, maps, scores, videos, and many other material types held by libraries. WorldCat provides the truest indication of the total number of libraries that subscribe to a particular journal, a quantitative indicator.
Search WorldCat by the journal's current ISSN number, if known. You may perform a title search, but realize that doing so will potentially yield dozens of records for the same journal, reflecting among other factors name changes over the years. If you do not know the ISSN number use Ulrichsweb to obtain it. Even a "clean" ISSN search can result in more than one record for a particular journal title. This is because, as mentioned above, thousands of libraries contribute records to WorldCat. When hundreds of libraries catalog a single source multiple records are often created. Stick with an ISSN search for best results.
Follow these steps to search WorldCat:
Again, more than one record for the journal could display. Total up the number of "Libraries Worldwide" for each record you feel reflects the journal in question. You might also wish to take note of which types of libraries —public, special, or hopefully academic — subscribe to the journal.