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Citation Styles: Handbooks, Resources, and Guides: Periodical Title

Advice about proper citation with a list of print titles and links to online guides, manuals, and handbooks for MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian, CSE, ACS, and more.

Translating Title Abbreviations

Identifying Full Periodical Titles from the Abbreviations.


1. Search the abbreviation in our Catalog. Use the Journal Title search. Journal title abbreviations are sometimes listed in the Other title field.

2. Periodical Title Abbreviations. Detroit: Gale, 1969- . 2 volumes.
Volume 1: By abbreviation. Volume 2: By title.
(Olin Reference Z 6945 .A2 P44. Shelved behind the Olin Reference desk.)

3. ITA: Internationale Titelabkürzungen von Zeitschriften, Zeitungen, wichtigen Handbüchern, Wörterbüchern, Gesetzen, Institutionen usw. = International title abbreviations of periodicals, newspapers, important handbooks, dictionaries, laws, institutions, etc. München: Saur, 2005. 10th Aufl. [edition]. 3 volumes.
(Olin Reference Z 6945 .A2 L4 2005 ++. Shelved behind the Olin Reference desk.)

4. Jones, David J. Australian Periodical Title Abbreviations. Leura, N.S.W.: Second Back Row Press, 1985.
(Olin Reference Z 6962 .A8 J66)

5. If all else fails consider this guide that links to a wide variety of online lists of journal abbreviations for individual disciplines and databases:

All that JAS: Journal Abbreviation Sources. [originally Ames, Iowa: Iowa State University, 2000] .
(Online at Last accessed 04 August 2016. [Contains advertising.]
Registry of Web resources that list or provide access to the full title of journal abbreviations or other types of abbreviated publication titles (e.g., conference proceedings titles). Selected online library catalogs that offer abbreviated title searching have also been included. In addition, access to full journal title directories or lists is also provided.

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