Monday, 15 December 2014

Tips on using the Library and its resources: No. 8 - Finding journal articles on a topic

In our last Tips posting for this term, some pointers on how to find journal articles on a topic for your essay or assignment.

The best place to start is your Library subject guide, listed under "Library Resources by Subject" on our web site. These are put together by our subject librarians and highlight the most useful resources that the Library has for your subject. Each of these guides has a section on the best journal article databases, so this is a good place to start to get to know what to search when looking for journal articles.

Many of the databases have extensive help screens, guides and online tutorials and videos to help you get the most out of them - we have The Library also runs Saturday workshops on search skills and individual databases – watch out for our Spring term programme coming soon.

Some of these resources have the full text of the articles within them, and some are pointers to what’s been published in that subject area. If the full text is not available in the database, you will see this button:
 Click on this button to see if we subscribe to that journal.

Our Library Moodle Module has lots of help on this – check out the sections on "Finding material for an essay or assignment" and "Carrying out a literature search for a long essay/project/dissertation".

If you get stuck, please contact the Library help desk and, if you need further help, your subject librarian.
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