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Journals - What? Why? Where?

Ever wondered why you need to use journals in your assignments? Do you need help finding journal articles?

You may not have used journals before. This introductory workshop covers:

  • What is a journal?
  • The importance of using journal articles
  • Understanding a journal reference (Harvard style) 
  • Locating journal articles in print and online

This guide is aimed at 1st year undergraduates.

                                                          Journal cover page     

How to find journal articles

Do you want to find journal articles on a topic or look for a specific article?

Use Discovery - input your topic or the details of a journal article to search across most of the Library's resources


If you have a journal title use Journal Finder to check if the Library has access to full text.

Journal Finder

If you know the name of a Journal, enter the title here to check if it's available in the Library



To link through to a complete list of e-journals: A-Z list

For more specialist searching use an online database

What are online databases?

Databases are specialist search engines that search for quality information, such as journal articles, in specific subject areas.

You can access databases via your subject LibGuide at (see the Finding Journal Articles tab).  If you would like some help searching the databases, please contact your subject information team. You will find their details on your LibGuide Home page.

What are journals?

They are:

  • like magazines but of a scholarly nature
  • published at regular intervals with no predetermined end
  • contain articles on a variety of topics
  • the articles are written by different authors
  • sometimes they also contain reviews and other information
  • in printed and electronic formats

Where to get the information to create a reference

Journal reference example


The information required to reference a journal article can usually be located at either the top or the foot of the journal article's front page.


Have a go at finding this journal article using Discovery:

Kartika, A. (2008) Study skills training: Is it an answer to the lack of college students' study skills? International Journal of Learning, 14(9), pp. 35-43.

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