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Listed below are resources that will help you decipher the full title of a journal, when you only have the abbreviation for the journal. It's a bit more problematic to come up with the "approved" abbreviation for a journal, when you have the full title.
This resource lists full titles and abbreviated titles for all journals indexed in Chemical Abstracts. There are some pretty obscure titles here!
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A collection of Web-based resources for translating journal titles. Lots of specialized listings, such as a list that has the BIOSIS information for Entomology journals.
If a journal has ever been catalogued by a library, you'll probably find it here. WorldCat has the cataloguing records for thousands of libraries -- books, journal titles, etc. WorldCat won't give the abbreviation for the journal, but is useful if you're trying to decipher the full title of a journal. For instance, if the abbreviation is Senckenb. Lethaea, you could search: Senckenb* Lethaea*, and you'd find the full title is: Senckenbergiana lethaea! It's important that you guess as much as the word as possible. For example, don't search for J* Biol* Chem*, when you know that "J" stands for "journal", etc.
If you have an abbreviation, and need to know if Purdue has the journal, you can use the "assisted" search mode to enter parts of the title! Again, it's important that you guess as much of the word as possible. For example, don't search for J? Biol? Chem?, when you know that "J" stands for "journal", etc.
Here's how to find the full title of the title Ann Rev Phytopath:
...Still can't find what you need?
Contact the Life Sciences Reference Department! We'll be very glad to help you. Phone: 765-494-2910.