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
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):
|Authors||Year Published||Article title||Journal title||Volume||Issue||Pages|
|WILSON, R.T. and B.D. TILL,||2008.||
|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
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.
How do I find journal articles?
1) Check your Reading list!
2) Do a quick search on the Articles tab via the Library Catalogue.
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:
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:
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