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CAR 145: Communication Structures

About Magazines

Magazines are similar to newspapers. Popular magazines (news, fashion, sports, etc.) provide a good feel for the period. Unlike newspapers, there are databases and printed indexes to help you identify specific articles on topics. Since most magazines are national in scope, there is limited coverage of local topics. In addition to the articles, the illustrations and advertisements that are embedded in magazines are useful primary sources especially for the study of consumerism, gender roles, material culture, history of technology, and popular culture.

What is Flipster?

Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine solution that makes it easy for you to read your favorite magazines on your computer or mobile device.

With flexible magazine subscription options and seamless user authentication, Flipster is the best choice for libraries looking for top magazines covering business, leisure, fashion, product reviews, current events, and more.

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Access Flipster Here to Find Magazine Articles

Flipster Video Tutorial

Hos Can I Access Flipster?

How can I access Flipster?

Via a computer, tablet, or phone:

Click on the Flipster link to easily access a site where you can browse available magazines. You can then click on a magazine to view it within your browser. This means you can access Flipster from any computer, laptop, or mobile device, as long as you are connected to the Internet.

Via the Flipster app (iOS and Android):

Use the Flipster app, available through the iTunes store for the iPad and iPhone, and on the Google Play store for Android tablets, to download magazines for offline reading. Simply browse and view magazines through the Flipster link on your library’s website, and select the “Open in App” option to download magazines to the app, where they can be read and managed offline.

Using Google to Find Magazine Articles

Google has digitized backfiles of some magazines. They have not publicized a list of digitized magazines but it includes Life, Billboard, Ebony, Jet, New York Magazine, Popular Mechanics and the gossip tabloid, Weekly World News plus others. To search for these magazine articles, use the Advanced search option in  Google Books and follow this search example.

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