The Library provides access to all sorts of information resources to support your learning and research. You can search all of the library's collections through the Library Catalogue, or get more information on each type of information resource and how it might be useful to your studies below.
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Library staff provide support, help, and training to enable you to get to grips with the literature of your subject and the Library's resources. We have staff with expertise on information resources in your subject area.
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The Library welcomes opportunities to advance our Digital Scholarship. Our areas of contribution include content, technology, infrastructure, partnership and the practice-based expertise in our team.
The Library provides access to over 70,000 scholarly journals, which are mostly available online. Some are available in both print and online formats, while just under 600 are available in print only.
You can search the Library Catalogue for a journal title or even for a specific article within a journal. You can also use the catalogue to search for any of our databases.
You can find some great tutorials explaining journals, books, and how to find them on our Library Guides
Scholarly journals typically contain articles written by academics or professional researchers and are aimed at academic audiences. Peer reviewed journals contain articles which have been reviewed and approved by recognised experts in particular subject areas.
Scholarly journal articles are valuable sources of information for students and researchers. Articles in journals can cover very specific topics or narrow fields of research. They usually contain in-depth information and analysis of particular aspects of subjects.
Researchers often publish review papers. Review papers or articles present a comprehensive review of the existing body of knowledge in a specific subject or topic. Review papers can be very useful for locating the core literature in a particular subject area. Some journal databases give the option to refine your search by 'Review Papers'.
Elements of a Journal Citation
Search for a Journal
Simply type the name of the journal you want to read into the search box, e.g. psychology and ageing. Access the Library Catalogue here.
Tracking down journal articles which are cited or referred to in papers which you have identified as being relevant to your research is a useful way of locating articles related to your research. Once you have identified relevant papers in a search, many databases give you the option to link to or find ‘Citing Papers’, those that cite the paper you have found, which are also likely to be relevant.
Databases can be used to find journal articles on a particular subject. You can find out more about databases here.
Goolge Scholar can be used to find specific scholarly articles.