The Kansas Periodical Index is going digital

The Kansas Periodical Index is going digital
State Library providing a worldwide subscription to Kansas articles—online

Topeka, KS, — The wealth of material available in Kansas periodicals is now available at www.libris.ca/kpi, through a subscription purchased by the State Library of Kansas.

The Kansas Periodical Index is a reference source that lists articles from Kansas related periodicals and other material. Magazines currently being published which are indexed include Kansas!, Kansas History, Kansas Government Journal, Kansas Wildlife & Parks, Southeast Kansas Living, The Territorial, and Topeka Magazine.  Other magazines indexed, although no longer published, include Kanhistique, Kansas Heritage, Kansas Traveler, Kansas Sports and many others.

The online Kansas Periodical Index is searchable by keywords—if users have a subject in mind, they can now use this online tool to help find articles. Print versions have been available in approximately 100 Kansas libraries since 1984 but many have discontinued their subscription due to budget cuts.

“Users from all over are now able to find Kansas related articles easier by searching for indexes online—they can then access those articles through their local library.” State Librarian Jo Budler said.

“The periodicals indexed were selected on the basis of their having substantive articles of potential usefulness or interest to many Kansans: middle and high school students, college students, and the general public. Only periodicals which carried mainly nonfiction articles were selected,” said Roger Carswell, creator of the Kansas Periodical Index and Director of the Southeast Kansas Library System and Iola Public Library.

Current coverage in the Kansas Periodical Index is from 2002 to 2012 (2006 and 2012 are partially completed to date). Indexing of 2013 issues should begin by spring. This is an index only (no abstracts or full text). The print edition has been discontinued. Users can also access the Kansas Periodical Index by visiting the State Library’s Collection & Resource page at www.kslib.info/collections-and-resources.html.

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