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Weeding Projects: Journals

Information on the Wimberly Library's weeding projects.

Electronic and Print Journals

Our journal subscriptions are reviewed annually to ensure that holdings provide students and faculty with high quality and relevant research materials. Through the years, we have transitioned our print journal subscriptions to electronic formats whenever possible. This has allowed the content to reach more users widely. We participate in large journal package subscriptions within various consortia so that we can provide access to thousands of journal titles in all subject areas at a relatively low cost per use. However, the overall costs of the five largest journal packages (Elsevier ScienceDirect, SAGE Premier, Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley) account for more than a third of what we spend on collections. When adding in the costs of smaller packages (Cambridge UP, Duke UP, Emerald, Institute of Physics, LWW Nursing collection, Oxford UP, and RSC Gold) we find that we spend almost half of our collections budget on journal package subscriptions alone. There are also individual journal subscriptions that are outside of any large or small package.

When reviewing journal subscriptions, we take into consideration the following:

  • usage statistics
  • relevance to curriculum and course offerings
  • relevance to student and faculty research
  • percent increase that the publisher has implemented at the time of renewal
  • availability of content in full-text databases
  • availability of content through interlibrary loan


Print journals in the following call number ranges have been reviewed for weeding:

  • AM-AZ General Works
  • B-BF Philosophy, Psychology
  • BH-BM Philosophy, Religion
  • C Auxiliary Sciences of History (General)
  • QC-QR Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Natural History/Biology, Botany, Zoology, Physiology, Microbiology)
  • S Agriculture
  • T Technology - Phase 1

Current Projects

Print journals in the following call number ranges are currently being reviewed:

  • T Technology - Phase 2
  • D History (General) and HIstory of Europe, Asia, and Africa

Electronic journals in all subject areas are currently being reviewed.

Upcoming Projects

Print journals in the following call number ranges will be reviewed in the near future*:

  • E History: America - fall 2017
  • U Military Science - fall 2017/spring 2018
  • V Naval Science - fall 2018/spring 2018
  • Z Bibliography, Library Science, Information Resources - fall 2017/spring 2018


*Dates are approximate.

More subject areas to come.


How can I access articles from the print journals you are removing?

To access the electronic versions of these titles, visit the electronic journals search portal and enter the name of the journal you need.

How can I obtain physical copies of journal articles or print volumes of journals if I need them?

If the articles or print journals you need are available through interlibrary loan, you may submit a request through ILLiad. For more information on requesting materials from other libraries, please visit the Interlibrary Loan Department's informational page.