A journal is a collection of articles, written by different people. A journal will focus on a topic or subject and the articles published within it all relate to that topic. They are published at regular intervals and can be a key source of research and academic information.
However, they don’t go into as much detail as books.
To access journals, you will need to understand a journal reference. They will generally include these details in this order (most journals will have a volume and issue number but some may not):
|WILSON, R.T. and B.D. TILL,
|Airport advertising effectiveness: an exploratory field study.
|Journal of advertising,
When included in a reference list, this journal article reference will look like this:
WILSON, R.T. and B.D. TILL, 2008. Airport advertising effectiveness: an exploratory field study. Journal of advertising, 37(1), 59-72
Find an entire journal and access it by searching for it in the Library Catalogue (you will only be able to access titles to which the Library subscribes).
You can search for articles on your topic, regardless of which journal they are in, by using the 'Articles' search option on the Catalogue to do this at a basic level. Or for more flexible and in-depth searching, use the eResources relevant to your subject (listed in the Articles & eResources menu on the left).
You could also try searching Google Scholar for wider literature, including articles. Some will link you to the full text but not all will.
Final year students, postgraduates and staff can use the Inter-Library Loans (ILL) service to request, for free, any material the library doesn't have. First and second years should discuss their need with their Information Librarian who may be able to authorise an ILL if no other option is available.