Journal articles and more

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

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How and why to use journal articles in your academic work

What is a journal?

  • Journals are publications focusing on a particular subject area or profession. They can contain articles, letters, and book reviews written by different authors.
  • Journals are published at regular intervals, such as monthly or quarterly. They are also known as periodicals or serials.
  • Articles form part of an issue of a journal and are often grouped together in 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?

  • Journal articles are published more quickly than books, so can be more up to date
  • They often cover a subject in depth and include original research
  • They are aimed at an academic or technical audience, in contrast to newspapers and magazines aimed at a general audience
  • Articles are often peer reviewed, where content is checked by other experts in the field for accuracy and relevance

What does an article reference look like?

Article references are 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 I can access articles?

There are different ways to access and read articles:

  • Through 'Discover', using the search box above or at and selecting the Journal Articles radio button
  • Use the Journal Titles button on our homepage to browse journals

Academic articles are also often found using databases. We subscribe to

  • databases that provide full text
  • and abstracting and indexing databases that provide references and abstracts but not full text (use these databases to get a feel for the research in a particular area)

Use the Databases A-Z button on our homepage to see the databases we have access to.

You can also find journal articles using Google Scholar or at publisher websites. You will need to authenticate to access our subscribed titles when off campus  (i.e. show that you are a  member of the university by logging in using your University user ID and password). Be aware that we do not subscribe to every journal on a publisher website. You are more likely to find subscribed content quickly and easily via the library search box on our homepage.


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

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

Using 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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