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'.
How and why to use journal articles in your academic work
- What is a journal?
- Why use journal articles?
- What does an article reference look like?
- How I can access articles?
- 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.
- 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
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
There are different ways to access and read articles:
- Through 'Discover', using the search box above or at library.sunderland.ac.uk 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.
- How can 'Discover' help me?
- How do I search 'Discover'?
- Limit your results
- Make your search more specific
- Make the most of the results page features
- Search or browse all publications
- Create a EBSCOHost account and create MyDiscover folders
'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.
Making the most of 'Discover'