What is a journal? • Journals are also known as serials or periodicals • Journals are published by academic institutions, organisations and commercial publishers on a regular basis. • Some are published weekly, most are published monthly or bi-monthly, others quarterly or even just once a year. • Journals can be in print or electronic format and some are available as both.
What is a journal article? • If you think of a journal as a 'book', then a journal article is a 'chapter' within that book. • The articles are written by experts in a particular field of study, based on research that they have a personal involvement with. • The research might include case studies or primary source research. • An understanding of the vocabulary and knowledge of the field is assumed.
Recognise a journal reference Author(s) / editor(s) Year Article Title • Broadbridge, A. and Swanson, V. 2005. Earning and learning: how termtime employment impacts on students adjustment to university life. Journal of education and Work18 (2) pp235-249 Volume Issue page no. Journal title
Why are journals useful sources of information? • They allow you to find the most recent research, long before they get into books. • The articles are often on very specific topics. • You have to test the reliability of all information including in journals, but as they are peer reviewed they should be authorative. • The reference can lead you additional information
What is the best way to find journal articles? • If you know the journal is taken available electronically, you can search the individual publication, check the library catalogue. • Using an appropriate database where the indexing has been done for you. • If you draw a blank try: • Internet: eg Google Scholar with speech marks around the title or phrase
How do I search for journal articles on my topic ? • Learn where to look for articles for your assignments by knowing what journals, magazines and databases are subscribed to. • Databases will list thousands of articles (some will be full text, others just an abstract)
Which journal / database? • Some magazines are available as print or an electronic version over the Internet. • There are a selection of databases available to Wiltshire College students from which articles can be searched for and retrieved. You can find them linked from Signpost and eStudy E-Journal link Databases link
How can I search more effectively? 1. Define the topic and break it down into concepts2. Choose your keywords/phrases to describe concepts3. Combine the keywords 4. Consider using truncation and/or wildcards.5. Try out the search and evaluate the results.6. Refine the search if necessary.
Journals held at another Wiltshire College campus • If the library catalogue indicates that the journal you are looking for, is held at one of the other site libraries, you can request a photocopy (or scan) of the specific article. • Please allow a couple of days for delivery.
How can I get articles I find? • If the journal in which the article you have located is not taken by Wiltshire College or your partner university. • If not found full text in any of the databases available from the college or your partner university. • Provide the full bibliographic details to the LRC desk and we will try and get it from the British Library as an interlibrary loan.