Distance Learning Students: Library services: Finding Articles / Journals

A guide to the services and support the Library offers to Flexible and Distance Learning Students

Journals

What's a Journal?

  • Sometimes also referred to as "Periodicals" or "Serials"
  • Academic Publications - each journal has it's subject
  • Published in volumes - normally one volume each year
  • Each volume contains a number of parts, or issues, can be weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.
  • Each part or issue contains a number of articles, or papers written on the theme of the journal
  • These are available in print format or online
  • Some journals are peer-reviewed (see the peer review tab for a short video about the peer review process)

What's an articles?

  • A paper in an issue / part of a journal
  • Written by experts, and often peer-reviewed
  • Original research, commentary on existing evidence or ideas
  • New research appears in journal articles before it appears in books.

Searching for Journal Articles

Use the Search box below, or on the Library Homepage to search for journal articles.

When you know the details of an article:

  1. Search using the most unique piece of information about the article, which is normally the title of the article
  2. From the results select "Journal articles" under Format on the left of the screen
  3. From the results select "Full text".  
  4. Some of the results may advise "Please log in to see more detail" - click to login, and login using your university username and password
  5. If the article you want isn't listed, then the Library may not have a subscription to the journal the article is from.  If you want to double check you can search using the journal Publication title to see if the Library has a subscription.
  6. If the article you want is listed in the results, click the button on the right to access it, this will be labeled as "PDF" or "Full text from ....." or "Find Full text"
  7. You may need to login a second time to access the journal article, use your University email address and password.

When you search by topic:

  1. Enter your keywords or phrases into the search box 
  2. From the results select "Journal articles" under Format on the left of the screen
  3. From the results select "Full text" in the left of the screen
  4. Some of the results may advise "Please log in to see more detail" - click to login, and login using your university username and password
  5. You should now see all the articles which are available full-text for you to access.  Click the green button on the right to access an article, this will be labeled as "PDF" or "Full text from ....." or "Find Full text"
  6. You may need to login a second time to access the journal article, use your University email address and password.

When you request something on Inter-Library Loan the Library will find other libraries that have that item and request it from them, either as a scanned document or photocopy (in the case of journal articles or book chapters) or request that they send us the physical item, (as in a book.)

The ArticleReach service is specifically for journal articles. Requests are automatically sent to ArticleReach and if the journal isn't available, it will be passed on to Inter-Library Loans. 

Please search the Library first and check if we already own the resource you need. If it is something we don't have, you can use the Inter-Library Loans service to request it.

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Requesting journal articles not available online

Inter-library loans and Article Reach

When a journal article or book chapter is not available from our collections, distance learners can request scanned articles and chapters through our Inter Library Loan Service. These will be sent directly to your University email account.