Periodical Article Database (PAB)

 (ISSN 1709-6855)

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How to Search the PAB

The Newfoundland Periodical Article Bibliography (PAB), an index to the periodical literature of Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), is compiled at the Centre for Newfoundland Studies (CNS) of Memorial University Libraries. As of May 2024, the database contained over 115,000 citations to articles appearing in journals between 1668 (the earliest article collected) and the present. New citations are added daily.

The PAB attempts to cover all aspects of NL's history, description, development and resources, biography, literature, technology, society, and natural sciences – both historical and current.

Access to the citations is by author, article title, journal title, date of publication, controlled subject heading and keyword. The PAB controlled vocabulary has some 25,000 subject headings designed to bring out the Newfoundland content in the articles cited. The majority of the citations in PAB are from English language journals and magazines published in Newfoundland, Canada, Great Britain and the United States. Book reviews are included. Annual reports, yearbooks, conference proceedings and newspapers are largely excluded.

Articles by Newfoundlanders but not about Newfoundland are included if they in some way exemplify Newfoundland culture (e.g. literary works such as short stories, poetry, or humour).

The objective of the PAB is to make a major scholarly contribution in the form of a vast retrospective bibliography to the journal and periodical literature of Newfoundland and Labrador, and particularly to record it for the first time.

From 1986 to the end of 2017, all articles cited were selected, verified, annotated and subject analyzed by the PAB’s first editor, Joan Ritcey, and the Centre for Newfoundland Studies’ team of indexers, Debby Andrews, Glenda Dawe, Colleen Field, Jackie Hillier and Carl White, with the clerical assistance of Millicent Bradbury, Lorraine Cleary, Jane Deal, Donna Doucette, Debbie Edgecombe, Susan Hadley, Deanna Matthews, Stephanie Murray and Sharon Thompson. In 2024, the editor is Colleen Field who indexes along with Donna Doucette, Jackie Hillier and Karen Darby. Danielle Gillespie and Christa Newhook take care of the inputting and editing.

Articles with Newfoundland and Labrador content are discovered through the examination of full runs of likely journal titles, through published bibliographies and indexes, commercially-available computerized bibliographic databases, bibliographies in monographs, theses and at the end of articles, and in offprints and photocopied articles donated by authors. Viewed copies are obtained either from the Centre’s periodicals collection, Memorial University library’s collection or through document delivery.

A wide variety of the Newfoundland & Labrador-published periodicals were culled for their Newfoundland content and indexed for the first time, for example, Culture & Tradition, Decks Awash, Labrador Life, the Livyere, Newfoundland Government Bulletin, Newfoundland Herald, Newfoundland Lifestyle, Newfoundland Quarterly, Newfoundland & Labrador Studies, the Veteran and Them Days.

As well, a wide variety of periodicals published in Canada, for example, Atlantic Guardian, Atlantic Insight, Atlantic Advocate, Maclean's, the Canadian Fisheries Research Board Journal, Canadian Geographical Journal; and outside of Canada, for example, Collier's, Forest and Stream, Youth's Companion, National Geographic, International Fishing News, Smithsonian, Royal Society (London) Philosophical Transactions, Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland Journal were scanned systematically for Newfoundland content. Though these journals are indexed elsewhere, the selected articles were assigned in-depth Newfoundland & Labrador-specific subject analysis not available elsewhere.

Many of the PAB’s online links are connected to the runs of Centre for Newfoundland Studies’ journals and individual scanned articles which are on the Memorial University Libraries’ digital archives, the Digital Archives Initiative.

Funding for the PAB was supplied by Memorial University Libraries, a SSHRC Strategic Research Grant and a Memorial University Vice-President's Research Grant. The project continues through Memorial University Libraries funding, under the editorship of Colleen Field.

Additional information on the database may be obtained from editor Colleen Field, at (709) 864-7475, or email

Centre for Newfoundland Studies
Queen Elizabeth II Library
Memorial University Libraries
St. John's, NL
A1B 3Y1 


May 2024