What are journal articles?
A journal is a specific type of academic publication. Like magazines, new parts of journals are published regularly throughout the year. Typically this could be monthly, biannually (twice a year) or quarterly (every three months). Each part of a journal is referred to as a journal "issue". Individual journal issues are often grouped together into annual journal "volumes".
Every journal issue contains a collection of articles, which are short pieces of academic writing. Articles are written by academics from universities and other research institutions and they provide information about current research.
Finding journal articles:
If you want to do a quick and simple search for journal articles, use Library Search or an ejournal package such as Science Direct, the ICE Virtual Library or the ASCE Research Library. They will usually allow you to access the articles online immediately.
If you want to do a comprehensive search of the research literature, you should use one or more of the key databases (on the next tab of this guide) instead. The databases cover many more articles and offer better search features.
The following e-journal packages are all useful for finding and accessing articles and papers on civil, structural and environmental engineering:
To find a specific e-journal, please check the Library's Journal Search:
If you can't access an article online, this could be because the university doesn't subscribe to the e-journal in which it was published. In that case, check if the library holds the journal in printed format (also known as "hardcopy"). This is often the case for older journals.
Search for the journal title (not the article title) on Library Search. If the library holds the journal in printed format, Library Search will show you its location and the shelfmark. If you are not sure where to find the journal, please ask for help at one of the Enquiry Desks.
Printed journals are shelved on mobile shelving. The video below shows how you can operate the mobile shelves. If you would like help with this, please ask at one of the Enquiry Desks:
Signing in to e-journals from home:
The library's e-journals and databases can be accessed both on and off-campus.
When you are working from off-campus, please follow the links to e-journals from this guide or from Library Search. This will enable you to sign in with your QUB ID card details and access e-journals.
If you have queries about accessing e-journals or other e-resources from home, please contact your subject librarian, Irene Bittles (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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