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Periodicals

Collection


The Library has over 3,700 print journals, nearly 1,300 of which have a current subscription and over 400 are also available in electronic version. The entire collection is freely and directly accessible for consultation, with the exception of periodicals that cover the subject area of Judaism (marked with the letter 'J') and those belonging to special library collections. To read journals not available on open shelves it is necessary to submit a special request to the Loan Desk. The collection develops in different spaces, all accessible from the balconies of the two main Reading rooms. Specifically, the balcony of the Reading Room 1 houses the current year issues of all journals. Previous issues are bound and placed on the shelves in chronological order; the calling number is unique to all volumes of the same title and it is allocated according to the subject of specialization.

Classification system

To semantically classify the periodicals owned, organize their conservation, facilitate their retrieval and their use, the Library adopted a system that allows to group journals, both conceptually and physically, in relation to the main subject area of specialization covered by each of them. The classification system consists of 27 classes, distinguished by letters of the Latin alphabet. On this basis, the serials call number is formed by the letter of the alphabet corresponding to the specialization class, followed by an Arabic number. In the following table the subject areas of the classification system are listed in alphabetical order, followed by the corresponding letter, the percentage of coverage within the entire collection and the location detail.

 

Subject

Code

Coverage

Location (itinerary)

Arts - Archaeology

K

3%

Reading Room 2 - Second Gallery - Second Floor - Art Room

Bibliography - Library science

B

4%

Reading Room 2 - Second Gallery - Second Floor - Mezzanine

Communications and mass media

V

2%

Reading Room 2 - Second Gallery - Loan Desk Gallery - Warehouse

Culture and information

A

4%

Reading Room 2 - Second Gallery - Second Floor - Mezzanine

Ecumenism - Oriental Catholic Churches - Prontestantism

E

4%

Reading Room 2 - Second Gallery - Second Floor - Mezzanine

Educational sciences

I

1%

Reading Room 2 - Second Gallery - Second Floor and Mezzanine

Ethics

DD

1%

Reading Room 2 - Second Gallery - Second Floor

General works

Z

0,3%

Reading Room 2 - Second Gallery - Loan Desk Gallery - Warehouse

History - Church history - Geography

H

9%

Reading Room 2 - Second Gallery and Second Floor

Islamic studies

O

1%

Reading Room 2 - Second Gallery - Loan Desk Gallery - Warehouse

Jesuits

Q

1%

Reading Room 2 - Second Gallery - Loan Desk Gallery - Warehouse

Judaic studies

J

3%

Journals are not directly accessible

Language - Literature

X

2%

Reading Room 2 - Second Gallery - Loan Desk Gallery - Warehouse

Law - Canon Law

D

5%

Reading Room 2 - Second Gallery - Second Floor

Liturgy

L

1%

Reading Room 2 - Second Gallery

Marxism

W

1%

Journals are not directly accessible

Missiology

M

6%

Reading Room 2 - Second Gallery - Second Floor

Pastoral theology

P

4%

Reading Room 2 - Second Gallery - Loan Desk Gallery - Warehouse

Philosophy

F

7%

Second Floor accessible to the Reading Room 2

Psychology

G

3%

Reading Room 2 - Second Gallery - Second Floor

Religions

N

4%

Reading Room 2 - Second Gallery - Loan Desk Gallery and Warehouse

Sciences

T

3%

Reading Room 2 - Second Gallery - Loan Desk Gallery - Warehouse

Sociology - Economics - Politics

S

10%

Reading Room 2 - Second Gallery - Loan Desk Gallery - Warehouse

Spirituality

R

5%

Reading Room 2 - Second Gallery - Loan Desk Gallery - Warehouse

Theology and ecclesiastical sciences

C

14%

Reading Room 2 - Second Gallery - Second Floor

Universities and Academic Institutions

U

3%

Reading Room 2 - Second Gallery - Loan Desk Gallery - Warehouse

Yearbooks

Y

0,4%

Reading Room 2 - Second Gallery - Loan Desk Gallery - Warehouse

Electronic catalogue


All print journals and the electronic ones acquired with direct subscriptions are catalogued and accessible directly through the OPAC. In addition to the usual parameters, the advanced search allows to limit the results through two filters: the entire journal collection and the subgroup of current journals.

ACNP (Archivio Collettivo Nazionale Periodici)


In order to know in real time which are the latest issue arrived in the Library, it is possible to use the ACNP catalogue: once researched the journal, and selected the voice «Holdings detail: Issues received», there will be a list of the latest numbers.

Binding


At the end of the year journal issues are bound: to verify what titles/issues are not currently available in the Library please consult the list of journals in bookbinding. Download list

Electronic journals


The catalogue accommodates the electronic journals of which the Library owns also the print version and those subscribed directly. Access to the entire electronic journals collection, with the addition of selected open access publications, is provided through the virtual catalogue Full Text Finder Publications, that allows to search journals by title, publisher, ISSN or subject area; for each journal it is specified the source that hosts the contents (database, platform or other), with a direct link to the full text articles. The catalogued journals, together with a selection of open access pubblications, are accessible also through the DigiPoint platform, that gathers all the Library electronic resuurces. Electronic journals follow the same access mode and terms of use of all electronic resources.

Formazione


The Library provides educational meetings to both institutional and external users about the electronic catalogue and electronic resources. The semi-annual training calendar is published on the . The semi-annual training calendar is published on the Notice board. The Library provides also special educational sessions upon request about a particular resource, prior agreement with the Library Director.