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Magazines & Advertisements: Magazines in Simpson Library


Triangular yellow caution signPlease note: magazines and advertisements are not scholarly sources. They can be used as primary sources for studying history and culture.

If you are looking for scholarly sources, please use the library's other online guides, or contact a librarian at 540-654-1148 or

Recent issues of magazines in print

Simpson Library subscribes to several popular magazines. The current issues of these magazines, as well as some recent back issues, are available in the Periodicals section of Simpson Library, located on the first floor behind the central stairwell. These issues may not be checked out, but may be photocopied or scanned.

Among the magazines that the library subscribes to are The Atlantic, The Economist, New Scientist, The New Yorker, Scientific American, Smithsonian, and Time.

Old issues of magazines in print

The library shelves old magazines among the books on the second and third floors. These magazines are bound in hard covers, just like books, and may be checked out like books.

Below is a list of some noteworthy magazines that we have. We have more magazines than just the ones on this list. You can find many more old magazines by browsing the AP section on the third floor.

Old issues of magazines on microfilm & microfiche

Simpson Library has a number of old magazines on microfilm and microfiche. To find them, go to the microfilm cabinet (the grey cabinet) or the microfiche cabinet (the red cabinet) and browse in the AP section. You can make free printouts from microfilm or microfiche. The librarians can assist you with this -- if you need help, just ask.

Among the many magazines that we have on microfilm or microfiche are the Atlantic Monthly, Ebony, Esquire, Harper's, Maclean's, Mother Jones, the Nation, the National Review, the New Republic, the New Yorker, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and Time.