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McGill Community for Lifelong Learning (MCLL)

A guide to help MCLL members navigate McGill Library and discover resources to support their lifelong learning.

Search the Library catalogue, Sofia


Search the Sofia Discovery tool for McGill's collection of resources: books, journals & articles, multimedia, and other resources, in both print or electronic format.

Periodicals in the Library catalogue: Newspapers, journals and magazines

Sofia Discovery tool: Enter your title or key words into the catalogue search box. It contains all of the titles that the Library subscribes to, whether print, electronic, or microform. Sofia - Periodicals PDF "how to"; Saving and sharing records PDF "how to"

Sofia uses both Newspaper and Journal, Magazine as format types. They can be limited further to digital versions by using eNewspaper and eJournal, eMagazine.

Location notes:

  • The latest issues of frequently used newspapers and magazines can be found in the Current Periodicals section on the main floor of the Humanities and Social Sciences Library.
  • There is a microform viewing room on the 2nd floor of the Humanities and Social Sciences Library.

Newspaper and magazine collections

Montreal newspapers:

PressReader: Provides access to thousands of newspapers and magazines just as they appear in print. It includes the Montreal Gazette, La Presse Saturday edition, and The Globe and Mail, but it also has titles from over 100 different countries. PressReader PDF "how to"

Proquest news databases: Canadian Newsstream, US Newsstream, International Newsstream (outside of the US and Canada), Global Newsstream

Revues et journaux Québécois: Extensive collection of Quebec newspapers from the BAnQ.

More detailed information about current and historical newspapers can be found on McGill Library’s guide to finding newspapers.

Academic journal articles

Sofia is not the best place to search for academic articles. However, the Library subscribes to hundreds of databases that facilitate finding papers on a particular subject. Some of the databases have the full text of papers, while others provide only the abstracts and citation details.

Visit our Databases A-Z list and our complete list of librarian created guides to different subjects.

Get The Research: Free search engine that highlights and explains concepts. Can limit to open access papers only.

Google Scholar: The scholarly version of Google is free and a great place to go if you only need one or two articles.

Scopus: Large multidisciplinary database. Scopus PDF "how to"

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