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Browse Scholarly Journals


View table of contents of recent issues of scholarly journals in all fields. Create personalized shelves. Search by journal title, ISSN, and subject categories. Does not include all Penn journals.  Downloadable App available. 

The Sage Research Methods library offers more than 1k books, reference works, journal articles, and instructional videos by world-leading academics in the social sciences.

Stay Current with Journal Alerts

Set up citation and journal alerts for up to fifteen journals using the free version of JournalTOCs.  Many of the library databases offer the option to set up alerts too. is an online learning platform with courses on software, technology, and personal development. There's even a module on playing the ukulele.  Students, faculty, and staff have access to all content. 

Individual videos are listed in the Franklin Catalog.

Wall Street Journal

Students, faculty, and staff can activate access to the WSJ with a penn email address. To sign up, see these details. Account holders, login directly at

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Find a Specific Article

Search Franklin Articles+ by citation information (article title, author, DOI etc.) or use the PennText Article Finder

Request works owned by the Penn Libraries

Connect to the Franklin Catalog.  Login (upper right corner)

Click the Show Availability Details Box for the desired work.  This menu will display:

  • Request - "Available" items, request delivery between Penn Libraries or from LIBRA storage.
  • BorrowDIrect+ - request books from other Libraries (see below).
  • Interlibrary Loan - request works from other Libraries not available through BorrowDirect+ (see below)
  • Books by Mail - Have Penn print books sent to you.  Registration required. You must live 75 miles from Penn and have an email address in the Penn Directory. | Policies.
  • Place on Course Reserves - Faculty can have print works placed on reserves in Van Pelt or e-resources linked in Canvas.
  • Scan and Deliver - Request PDF scans of print journal articles or up to 50 pages of a book. | Policies.
  • Faculty Express - For Penn tenure-track faculty. | Policies

Request works not at the Penn Libraries

Borrow print books not at Penn. Keep for 12 weeks, no renewal, recorded on your Franklin Catalog account. On-site BorrowDirect borrowing | Borrow Direct Libraries | EZ Borrow Libraries)

  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) 

Form to request print books or media not at Penn or via BD/EZ.

Form to request journal articles, book chapters not at Penn. 


Penn Libraries & Services

VAN PELT LIBRARY - Print works in education and the social sciences are housed primarily in the Van Pelt Library Some older works are in LIBRA (Library Research Annex).  Library Hours  | Access Policy | Borrowing  | Teaching and meeting rooms | Book group study space | Study Carrels | Graduate Study Center, Rm 507 

GSE ALUMNI - Library Services for Alumni 

COURSE SUPPORT - Canvas | Print and Electronic Reserves

TECHNOLOGY - Computer Labs and Software at the Penn Libraries | Vitale Digital Media Lab | Poster Printing | Equipment Lending

SCHOLARSHIP & PUBLISHING - Digital Scholarship | Copyright  | ScholarlyCommons - Penn's institutional repository, includes GSE publications.


Librarian for the Graduate School of Education

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Patty Lynn
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Using E-Resources

See our guide on Using E-Resources, including two tools for fast access to full-text:

Manage Your Citations

GSE - Learn more about RefWorks, Mendeley, and Zotero. Contact Patty Lynn at with questions or one to one training / group sessions on these tools. 

U.S. Government Documents

For policy related issues, these two guides with links to Government document sources may be useful: