Journal articles

Journal articles will add depth and detail to your research. Often peer reviewed, and published regularly throughout the year, they provide quality up-to-date theories and research on any given topic.

Either through reading lists or from your tutor, you may be directed to read specific articles. Otherwise, you will expected to independently source journal content for your academic work. This page will look at both:

  • finding the full text from a reference, and
  • searching for journal articles 

Finding the full text

For example, you already have a reference and you're trying to find the full-text of the following:

Loes, C.N., Salisbury, M.H. and Pascarella, E.T. (2015) ‘Student perceptions of effective instruction and the development of critical thinking: a replication and extension’, Higher Education, 69(5), pp. 823-838. doi: 10.1007/s10734-014-9807-0.

1st choice - LibrarySearch
2nd choice - Google
Is there anywhere else I can search?
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Searching for articles

Once you've figured what you're looking for, knowing where to search will help you search effectively and efficiently. When searching for journal articles by keywords, the three main sources to use are:

Library Resources A-Z
Google Scholar v Google

Your search strategy

In general, wherever you search, think beforehand and consider:

  • what are you trying to answer/discuss?
  • what are your keywords?  - what are they? And, how should you use them? More about 
  • where should you search?
  • what filters should you consider? eg the publication date? Peer-reviewed?
  • quality - is the source reliable? Peer reviewed? Published? 

For more information on how to search effectively see our Searching page on StudySkills.

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