OCLC ArticleFirst  (ArticleFirst)

OCLC index of articles from the contents pages of journals

Why select this database?

  • Includes items listed on the table of contents pages of journals.
  • Describes one article, news story, letter, or other item from a journal in each record.
  • Provides a list of libraries that have the journal title for most items.
Database details
business science
humanities social science
medicine technology
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Sources Over 16,000
Number of records 27,000,000+
Dates covered 1990 to present
Updated Daily
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Index labels and examples of an expert search in OCLC ArticleFirst® Database

Use a colon after an index label (for example, au:) when you are not certain of your search terms. Use an equal sign after an index label (au=) for an exact match search. You can search with an index label from any search screen. The information you type overrides any default menu selections. The following examples show sample rather than actual searches.

Search indexes Labels Examples
Keyword kw: coffee and tea house+
Article type at: review
Article type phrase at= book review
Author au: coffee
Author phrase au= coffee john

[last name first]
First page pg: x15
Identifier ii: report
Issue is: 20-may-1999
Language phrase ln= spanish
OCLC number oc: 30678983
Publication date pd:



november 20, 2001

Publisher pb: mcgraw-hill
Source so: kenya
Source phrase so= kenya coffee
Standard number sn: 1120-4826
Title ti: music w3 british
Title phrase ti= organ music with a british accent
Volume vo: 76b