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Journal articles and more

Use our one-stop tool to search all our journal and database subscriptions in one go. We call this search tool 'Discover'.

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What is a journal?

Journals are publications that focus on a particular subject area or profession, and can contain articles (in depth or short), letters and book reviews written by different authors.

Journals are published at regular intervals, such as monthly or quarterly; and are also known as periodicals or serials.

Articles form part of an issue of a journal, and are often grouped together in to a volume. Usually, each year is a separate volume although some titles are more or less prolific.

 Journals can be printed, online or both.

Why use journal articles?

  • Journals are published more quickly than books, therefore can be more up to date
  • Often cover a subject in depth and include original research
  • Are aimed at an academic or technical audience, in contrast to newspapers and magazines
  • Articles are often peer reviewed (content is checked by other experts in the field for accuracy and relevance)

What does an article reference look like?

An article reference is made up of the author(s), the year of publication, the article title as well as the publication title and volume number, issue number and pages. For example:

Chang, B, & Kang, H 2016. ‘Challenges Facing Group Work Online’, Distance Education, 37, 1, pp. 73-88


Breakdown of components of an article reference

How can articles be accessed?

Journal articles can be found using the Library search box on the library home page (http://library.sunderland.ac.uk/) using the Journal articles radio button. Journal titles can be found using the ‘Journal titles’ button on the Library homepage.

Academic articles are often found using databases. The Library subscribes to databases which provide full text and abstracting and indexing databases, which provide references and abstracts but not full text. These databases can be used to get a feel for the research in a particular area.

Journal articles can also be found using Google Scholar or direct at publisher websites. However, please be aware that you may still need to authenticate (i.e. demonstrate that you are a member of the university) to access our subscribed titles when off campus. You should also be aware that the Library does not necessarily subscribe to every journal on a publisher website. You are more likely to find subscribed content via the Library search box on the Library homepage.


Sometimes you may see an abbreviated version of the publication title in a reference. There are several sources which can be used to find the full journal title, including:

 Journal Abbreviation Sources (All that JAS): http://www.abbreviations.com/jas.php

Genamics JournalSeek: http://www.journalseek.net/

You will need to know the full title of a journal if you submit an Inter library loan request for an article.


 More about Discover

How can 'Discover' help me?

'Discover' is our one-stop search tool for exploring our journal and database subscriptions. Using 'Discover' will save you valuable time by searching many publications at once. Remember to log in using your University user ID and password to gain full access.

How do I search 'Discover'?

Making the most of 'Discover'

Learn how to limit your results:

Find out how to make your search more specific:

Make the most of the many features of the results page:

Click on Publications to search or browse all publications:

Learn how to create a EBSCOHost account and create a MyDiscover folder - then save, organise, and share search results and set up alerts:

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