Find journals and journal articles
What are journals?
Journals are collections of articles that are published on a regular basis to report current research within a discipline.
- A journal is made up of a number of volumes
- Each volume is made up of individual issues
- Each issue of a journal is made up of journal articles
Journal articles report specific aspects of the research covered by a journal.
Find articles on a topic
If you are searching for articles on a particular topic, there are a few different ways to find them.
- Use a simple keyword search in Findit
- Use one of our databases that focuses on a particular subject area.
- Follow one of our subject guides
Find a journal
If you already know the name of the journal you are looking for, you can use Findit advanced search:
- Select Advanced Search
- Enter the journal title at "From this publication:"
- Select "Journal" at "Show content type:"
- Click Search
It is important to use advanced search, as some journals have very generic names like "Nature". Performing a basic search will search for the keyword in all publications, not just journal titles.
Find a specific journal article
If you know the full citation details for an article, try the following:
- Use the Citation Linker,
- Use Findit to search for the article title,
- Use the Library Catalogue to search for the journal title.
Peer-reviewed journals (or refereed journals) contain articles which have been evaluated by researchers working within the disciplines covered by the journals. The evaluation assesses originality, academic importance, quality, relevance and other aspects of the research discussed in the articles.
How do you find peer-reviewed articles?
- Search databases which include only peer-reviewed articles, such as ScienceDirect or Wiley Interscience Journals
- Use Findit
- Search for your keywords
- Under Refine your search, select "Limit to articles from scholarly publications, including peer-review"
- Search databases which have an option to limit by peer review such as Proquest or Academic OneFile
- Search Ulrichsweb, a database that indicates which of the 300,000 listed journals are peer-reviewed
- Check the editorial information in a specific journal