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.
There are several different types of journal that you can access:
Journals are made up of articles, these are individual pieces of research written by an academic, professional or expert on a particular subject or topic. They are published together with other articles by other authors in a journal. However, they don’t go into as much detail as books.
A collection of articles relating to a particular topic
Published regularly (e.g. once a month, quarterly, annually)
An individual piece of research written by an academic, professional or expert
Published together with other articles by other authors in a journal
The most relevant legal journal articles are included in our eResources: Westlaw, LexisLibrary and the Law Journal Library, with i-law for maritime legal articles.
You can search for articles by topic/subject.
These eResources contain many fulltext articles but all have different content, so you are advised to search more than one.
You will find that these eResources include some article abstracts (just a brief summary) and the full article may not be available for all of your results. Search for the title of the Journal (not the article!) on the Library Catalogue to see if we have a subscription. Some journals may be available in full on other eResources, or as printed journals in the Law Library.
For other journal articles, try the Articles tab on the Library Catalogue:
The Articles tab is very general and you may get a lot of results which are not relevant.
Google Scholar is a search engine that allows you to search for more academic content on the web. You can use it to track down journal articles, book details and more. You can set it up to show you which results you can access via a Solent University library subscription.
Link to full text content from Solent University Library
This will tell you if the Library has a copy of the article for you to read or not. To set this up on your device:
OFF CAMPUS: You must check the access information for each article via the Is It @ Solent screens and login to view.
Send reference details to RefWorks
Set up a link to 'Import into RefWorks' for each result in your list. To set this up, go into the menu, select Settings and in the 'Bibliography Manager' section, select RefWorks and save.
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