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The Oklahoma Periodicals Index

Edmon Low Library
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078

Editors: Janet Ahrberg, Suzanne Holcombe, Tanya Finchum, Michael Kim

Project Co-ordinator: Michael Kim


The Oklahoma Periodicals Index provides a searchable online index to articles about people, places, history, culture, wildlife, and natural history in the state of Oklahoma with some coverage outside the state. The index consists of four key periodicals: The Chronicles of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Today, Outdoor Oklahoma, and Persimmon Hill.

In May 2000, the Amigos Library Services awarded the OSU Library a grant to survey Oklahoma libraries to determine the usefulness of an index to selected Oklahoma publications. Over 70% of surveyed libraries responded that an index to Oklahoma publications would be useful, and that if such an index existed the periodicals would be used more frequently. The survey results also showed that the four most commonly subscribed to periodicals by Oklahoma libraries are: Chronicles of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Today, Outdoor Oklahoma, and Persimmon Hill.

In May 2001, a second Amigos grant was awarded for the purchasing of software to create an index database and to make it available via a searchable Web-interface on the Oklahoma State University Library Web pages. The four librarians involved in this project would like to thank those libraries who participated in the survey and the Amigos Library Services for their financial support.