Journals (sometimes called periodicals or serials) contain articles by various authors. Sometimes there are themed issues; sometimes the articles range across lots of topics. In the Education field there are two main types of journals:
The library provides access to a wide range of journals on all aspects of education. The library catalogue links to both print and electronic copies with details of how long we have subscribed and any access embargoes to electronic journal articles (time delays set by publishers).
Print journals are arranged alphabetically by title on the shelves. Electronic journals are accessible from any internet-connected device.
Remember to search the catalogue by the journal title (usually in italics in a citation), not the article's title or author. For example, you should search for British Educational Research Journal if you want to find the following article:
Gorard, S. & Fitz, J. (2006). 'What counts as evidence in the school choice debate', British Educational Research Journal, 32 (6), pp. 111-123.
This flowchart summarises how to find journals from a reference.
The best way to find journal articles on a topic (like lesson planning AND interactive whiteboards) is to use DISCOVER. This single search box allows you to search most of the electronic resources (includes most of our journal databases) and the catalogue simultaneously and provides you with current availability information on library catalogue items.
Alternatively, if you prefer to search each database separately you can access the recommended education databases by
If you require a journal not held by the university, you can order a copy by using the Document Supply Service . There is no charge for this service if you are a post-graduate or final year student.
Once you have identified an article you want to cite in an assignment, look at our Referencing Guidelines to see examples of the layout.