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Journals Introduction

Academic Journals and Articles 

Scholarly or academic journals contain lots of individuals articles on specific topics, written by different authors. 

They are highly regarded as a source of academic information because they include expert opinions and references to follow up.  

They are written by specialised professionals and academics (such as your lecturers) as well as legal professionals. 

What is a Journal / Article

What is a journal?

  • A collection of articles relating to a particular topic

  • Published regularly (e.g. once a month, quarterly, annually) 

What is an article?

  • An individual piece of research written by an academic, professional or expert

  • Published together with other articles by other authors in a journal

Why use Journal Articles

Why use journal articles?

  • Include the latest research and up-to-date
  • Cover very specific topics
  • Quality checked during a peer review process
  • List references used - good source for further research
  • Search for specific articles online 

Finding Articles on a Topic

  How do I find journal articles?

The most relevant legal journal articles are included in our eResources: ‚ÄčWestlaw, 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:

  • Enter your search terms
  • Refine your results using the Peer-reviewed Journals option (this then lists articles from the most scholarly journals)
  • Use View online to see where you can access the article 
  • Check the access instructions and then GO!  

The Articles tab is very general and you may get a lot of results which are not relevant. 

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