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Plethora of Periodicals for the Public

By Scott West

I recently watched a webinar sponsored by the Federal Depository Library Program entitled “Hot Off the Presses: Magazines, Newsletters and Bulletins from the Government” that described a plethora of periodicals published by the U.S. government and freely available online. This included five magazines with particular application to the University of Dayton campus.  

‘Army History’

Army History, a publication of the U.S. Army Center of Military History, is available with full-text content from 1989 to the present. The most recent issue, Spring 2021, features an article on the Vietnam war as well as one on Army mapmaking.

‘English Teaching Forum’

English Teaching Forum is a quarterly journal supporting the teaching of English around the world through the publication of innovative, practical ideas. It is published by the U.S. Department of State, which says it distributes over 60,000 copies of the magazine in more than 100 countries. The issue archive goes back to 2001.  


Humanities, a beautiful magazine published by the National Endowment for the Humanities, offers articles on history, art, literature and myriad other topics in the humanities. The current issue, Spring 2021, features articles on learning from trees; the Victorian naturalist John Tyndall; and a novelist as spokesperson for organic farming. The back file dates to 2007.

‘NIH Medline Plus’

It’s possible you’ve seen NIH Medline Plus in the waiting room of your general practitioner.  As the title indicates, it is published by the National Institutes of Health and covers an extraordinary range of general health care topics. The most recent issue, Spring 2021, features an interview with physician-immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and physician-geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, director of the NIH. The archive goes back to 2017.

‘State Magazine’

State Magazine is a fantastic resource published by the U.S. Department of State. Its articles covering history, foreign affairs, politics and environmental issues are a mere fraction of its coverage. This is perfect for anyone interested in the range of affairs that involve the U.S. government. The most current issue is from June 2021, and the archive goes back to 1999.

Use the links above or find them in the Library catalog

The link to each magazine is available above, and you can find them in Roesch Library’s catalog as well. Enjoy!

— Scott N. West is a collections specialist in the University Libraries.

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