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Library Guide for Communications

Use Library Search to find journal articles, books, reports and more



Using Journal articles in your assignments


'Periodical' is an umbrella term for newspapers, magazines, journals - any title published regularly or irregularly. The Library subscribes to thousands of scholarly journals both in print and (mostly) online. You will come across journal articles many times in the course of your studies; they may appear on your reading list and your lecturers will encourage you to consult journal articles when you're doing research, particularly when preparing your literature review.

Journal articles are excellent sources of scholarly information because they can provide very in-depth, up-to-date coverage of a subject; they are typically very structured and written by experts in a given field. Crucially, like books, journal articles that appear in scholarly academic journals are "peer-reviewed" which means they have been critically reviewed and evaluated by a panel of experts before being okay-ed for publication. All of this means that you (as researchers) are assured of the excellent quality of information in a published journal article.

This short video shows you how to find a journal article on Library Search

Finding journal articles on Library Search


Find articles on your topic by searching the library's A-Z databases on Library Search


Databases we recommend for finding Journal Articles

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Got Questions?


LETS is a series of online tutorials for students to help you to locate, evaluate and use information effectively.


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