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Yacht and Boat Design

Journals Introduction

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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:

  • Academic/scholarly journals - these include research and are often peer reviewed (other experts in the field evaluate the article before it is accepted for publication to ensure quality is maintained).
  • Trade or professional magazines - aimed at people interested in or working in a particular area.  Often include articles, reviews, features and news.

  What is an article?

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.  

What is a Journal and Article

What is a journal?

  • A collection of articles relating to a particular topic

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  • 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

Understanding Journal Articles?

Understanding journal references

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):


Example of parts of a journal reference
Authors Year Published Article title Journal title Volume Issue Pages
WILSON, R.T. and B.D. TILL, 2008.
Airport advertising effectiveness: an exploratory field study.
Journal of advertising, 37 (1), 59-72

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

How do I find journals?

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).

How do I find articles within journals?

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. 

Why use Journal Articles

icon of a tick indicating that something is checkedWhy 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 Journal Articles

  How do I find journal articles?

1) Check your Reading list!

  • If your lecturer has recommended some titles, click on these, follow the access instructions and then do a basic search. 
  • It's always a good idea to reference some journal articles from recommended sources in your assignments

2) Do a quick search on the Articles tab via 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), incorporate any further options to Refine your results, these will show in your Active filters
  • Use Available resources to see where you can access the article 
  • Check the access instructions and then select link underneath 'full text availability' text 

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Yacht & Boat Journals

 Specific Journals

Listed below are some specific journals, written by experts, which are relevant to your course. 

Search within these to find current, reliable and relevant academic information for your assignments.

These journals are subscription-only so you must access them through the links below and login using the instructions provided. 

If you search for a journal title in the Library Catalogue, use the Journals option under Resource Type.  Click on the View Online tab for access details.  We often have multiple providers for journal titles and you will need to check the available date to select the one which best suits your needs. 

Printed journals can be found on Floor 1B.  Useful ejournals for yacht and boat design include:

Journal of marine science and technology

International shipbuilding progress

The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) provides online access to their publications focusing on all levels in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of marine vessels and structures.. (Please note that a non-University username and password is needed to access these titles  login to SOL to view the details via the link)

Yachting World Annual This collection consists of 19 parts of the Yachting World Annual, covering the years 1951-52, 1953-1967, 1971-1973.

More leisure focused titles:

Motor boat and Yachting

Sailing World 


Journals: Test your knowledge?

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