Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Digital How-To

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Digital How-To

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Midnight for the magazine stacks?

BROWSING FINDS' NEW LIFE ONLINE

MagPortal.com provides researchers easy access to rich array of articles in a plethora of periodicals

You used to have to visit a newsstand or a public library's reading room to browse a huge collection of current magazine articles when researching your stories. But with the Web, the articles come to you. Sometimes finding them, though, can be a bear. Fortunately, a new site call MagPortal.com is dedicated to helping you find free magazine articles online. And unlike general-purpose search engines that may update indices only every few weeks (or months!), MagPortal's more- focused content allows it to update within days of any new articles becoming available. The site organizes the articles into categories ranging from business to family to health to sports. The articles are briefly described, and links are provided to the full text and to the main site of the periodical that published it. You can also try out the site's search engine -- and, if you register, you even can mark and save articles for future use.

To use the resource, visit the site at http:// magportal.com, where its hyperlinked categories are listed at the top. At this writing, those categories include "Computers & Electronics," "Education," "Entertainment & Leisure," "Family & Home," "Finance & Investment," "Internet," "Pets & Animals," "Science & Technology," and "Sports & Recreation." Select any to see that department's clickable list of subcategories.

For instance, "Education" breaks down into "Business School," "College," "Distance Learning," "Pre-College," "Technology in Education," and "Training." Scroll the resulting screen to see the list of current articles saved in that category.

For each entry, the site lists:

The source publication, such as U.S. News & World Report, hyperlinked so you can go directly to that home page, if the need arises.

The date MagPortal indexed the particular article.

The hyperlinked headline of the article. This is where you click to see the full text of the article. (Since the link takes you from MagPortal into the publication's own site, the options beyond that vary from article to article. …

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