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Title Search

You can search on individual titles by the beginning letters of the title, letters contained in the title, or the exact title. If you click on the Exact Word box in addition to the beginning letters or contains feature, you will get only the exact letters or words you are searching for. For example, if you combine the beginning word Time with the Exact Word Time, you will get only titles beginning with Time, not Times, Timeless, etc.

You can search for titles by company and/or company type, which will produce a list in title order unlike the search on the company screen which produces a list of companies.


Title Search screen shot

Publication Details

Additional searches can be done by category (including cross-referenced categories), publication type, target audience, media type, frequency, ethnic group, religious group, date established, ISSN, whether the publication accepts ads or rents its subscriber or customer list, and various combinations of these fields.


Publication Details screen shot

Address Details

You can also select titles by city, state, zip code, area code, or fax code.


Address Details screen shot

Must Have and Order Results By Details

You can choose to see only those results that have phone, fax, URL, and/or e-mail information. You can also choose to order search results by title, publication type, circulation, or state.


Must Have and Order Results By Details screen shot

By clicking on the blue tabs across the top of the page, you can make even more specific searches focused on circulation, printing specifications, list rental availability, subscription rates, advertising rates, and staff. Selections made on the main screen will be saved and carried over as you click onto these tabbed screens.


Form Tabs Details screen shot

Company Search

The Company Search allows you to search for Publishing Company, Printing Company, List Management Company, Sponsor, or Parent Company.

Search by type of publications published, number of titles, total company circulation, company name, city, state, country, zip/postal code, area code, and more.

You can choose to see only those results that have phone, fax, URL, and/or e-mail information.
You can also choose to order search results by company name, company type, circulation, and state.

When you click on a company you will see the company contact information. If you have selected it in User Preferences, you will also see a list of titles published. You can click on each title individually to view title-specific information.
Company Search screen shot

Download results by clicking on a download link at the bottom of the page.

Sample Search #1

  1. Select Company Type: Publisher
  2. In Publication Type, select: Newsletter
  3. Select Country: Canada
  4. Click “Submit”
  5. You will get a list of companies according to the criteria above.
  6. To view company information, click on each company name.

Sample Search #2

  1. Select Company Type: Printer
  2. In the Number of Titles field, enter a range of 10 – 500
  3. In the Total Company Circulation field, enter a range of 5,000 – 50,000.
  4. Click “Submit”
  5. You will get a list of companies according to the criteria above.
  6. To view company information, click on each company name.

(See Saving a Query above, to save results of your Key Word searches)

Keyword Search

Allows you to search for publications by keyword, title, or ISSN# (International Standard Serial Number).

Keyword: Three types of searches are available.

Select “All Words” if you want publications that contain all of your keywords, regardless of order.
Example: If you enter keywords “frozen foods,” only those publications with both words somewhere in the title, description or company name will be listed.

Select “Any Word” to get a list of publications with at least one of your keywords.
Example: For keywords “frozen foods,” all publications with either word in the title, description, or company name will be listed.

Select “Exact Phrase” if you are looking for publications about very specific subject matter.
Example: For keywords “frozen foods,” only those publications with that exact phrase in the title, description, or company name will be listed.
Publication Search screen shot

Select one or more publication categories from the list to limit your keyword search to those specific areas. (For multiple categories, hold down the Ctrl Key while making your selections.)

For a list of all titles within a category, leave the keyword search box blank. Select one or more categories from the list and click Submit.

ISSN: Enter a publication’s ISSN number and click Submit to see its listing.
Note: If you enter the first few digits of an ISSN, you will get a list of all titles whose ISSNs start with those numbers.

TITLE: Search for a title that includes a specific word or words, or enter the first word or first few letters of the title.
Example: Enter the word “time,”
Click “Submit” to see a list of all publications whose titles include that word.
You will see a list that includes Time Magazine and New Times.

Check the box for “Title begins with the word above” to see only those titles that begin with a specific word. Example: Enter the word “time” and check the box. You will see a list that includes Time Magazine, but not New Times.

(See Saving a Query above, to save results of your Key Word searches)

Saving a Query

Often subscribers like to save their queries and re-run them at another time to see if there have been any changes.

To save a query:

After you search and get the results, click on “Save Query” at the top or bottom of screen. Name the query; for example: Alabama Print Catalogs
By default the description says “Run on ~~today’s date~~.” You can change this or add any other note to it. Click Submit.
When you go back to the Title Search page, you will see the link “Saved Query“ at the top and bottom of the page.

To re-run your query:

Click on the link “Saved Query,” select the query you want, and then click on Load. This will take you to the Search Page with the selections you made already highlighted.
Go to the top or bottom of the page and click Submit. You will see the updated list of results.


Save a Query screen shot

Sample Search:

  1. On the main Title Search screen, select category “Agriculture and Agricultural Supplies”.
  2. Scroll down and select “Feed, Grain, and Milling”, while holding down the Ctrl key ( this allows you to select multiple categories at a time).
  3. Select publication type “Magazine”.
  4. Click on the blue “Circulation” tab. In the field “Total Circulation”, enter the range “1,000 – 5,000”.
  5. Click Submit.
  6. You will get a list of agricultural magazines with circulation between 1,000 – 5,000 copies.


Sample Search screen shot

Search Results:

Search Results are presented when a query has been created and executed. Title Query Results contain a link to the publication's detail information, including web and e-mail links if available.

Search Results screen shot

User Preferences

Several system options can be set on the User Preferences page. This is especially helpful if you are running several queries and want to ensure uniform results.

The following fields are available for output:


user Preferences screen shot

Download Results

You can download your list of titles to MS Excel or other programs.

Option 1:

  1. After you create a search and get the results list, click on “Select Download Format” if you want to choose the output file type.
  2. Choose your output file type.
  3. Click on yes if you want the field names to appear in the first row.
  4. Click “Download Now.”

Option 2:

Sample Searches

Below are some additional sample searches that will help you get more familiar with MediaFinder. These are just a few examples of possible queries.

Search #1

  1. In Title search box, type in “baby.”
  2. Click on “Title Starts With Text Above” below search box (default).
  3. Click on “Submit” at the top or bottom of the screen.
  4. You will get a list of publications that start with the word baby, for example “Baby Shop Magazine,” but you will not find “All About Baby & Child.”
  5. To find “All About Baby & Child”, return to the Title Search main screen.
  6. Click on “Title Contains Text Above” and then Submit to find publications that contain the word baby anywhere in their titles.

Search #2

  1. In Publication Type, select Magazine and Journal (hold down Ctrl key while making multiple selections in one box).
  2. Select the State: New York.
  3. In Accepts Ads, select Yes.
  4. Click Submit at the top or bottom of the screen.
  5. You will get a list of publications according to the criteria above.
  6. To view information on the titles, click on each title.

Search #3

  1. Select Publication Type: Catalog
  2. Click on the blue Printing Specifications tab.
  3. Select Color Type - Color 4
  4. Select Binding Method - Saddle-Stitched
  5. Click on Submit at the top or bottom of the screen.
  6. You will get a list of publications according to the criteria above.
  7. To view information on the titles, click on each title.

Search #4

  1. Select Publication Type: Newsletter
  2. Select Target Audience: Association (all)
  3. Click on Submit at the top or bottom of the screen.
  4. You will get a list of publications according to the criteria above.
  5. To view information on the titles, click on each title.

Search #5

  1. On Title Search screen select company type select publisher.
  2. Select publication type Magazine.
  3. Select Year established 2002 to 2007.
  4. Click on Submit at the top or bottom of the screen.
  5. You will get a list of publications according to the criteria above.
  6. To view information on the titles, click on each title.

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