How to find journals
The library provides access to a wide range of journals on all aspects of sports, sports medicine and health care.
What's the difference between journals and journal articles?
An academic journal is a regular publication. A journal article is a single piece of research published within an academic journal.
In your assignments, you will be referencing journal articles. The journal article title will have 'single quotation marks' around it. The journal title will be in italics. For example:
Dunning, J. & Rushton, A. (2009) 'The effects of cervical high-velocity low-amplitude thrust manipulation on resting electromyographic activity of the biceps brachii muscle', Manual Therapy, 14(5), pp.508-513.
The article is called 'The effects of cervical high-velocity low-amplitude thrust manipulation on resting electromyographic activity of the biceps brachii muscle', and it has been published in the journal Manual Therapy.
Journals (both print and electronic) are listed on the library catalogue. In the library catalogue Quick Search tab, select the "Journal Title" option, then enter the journal title name that you are looking for to check whether we have a subscription to it.
Print journals are located are each library/LRC and are ordered alphabetically. At the Luton Campus library, all print journals (except Law Journals) are located on Level LG (Lower Ground, i.e. the basement).
Most electronic journals can be accessed from home, and will prompt you to sign in for access using your ordinary BREO username and password. Always sign in to a journal via the library catalogue, as most are not freely available online.
If you do not have a specific journal in mind, then the best way to find journal articles on a topic (e.g. kinesiology) is to use a database or academic search engine (e.g. Discover).
A database is an electronic tool that allows you to search across a number of different journals at one time. This will save you time and is more effective than browsing through individual journals to find specific articles.
Most databases can be accessed from home, and will prompt you to sign in for access using your ordinary BREO username and password. Always sign in to a database via the library catalogue, as most are not freely available online.
Find databases in the library catalogue by either:
- searching for the database name in the Quick Search by title
- clicking on the Digital Library tab of the catalogue, then the "Databases for my subject" drop-down menu and selecting Sports Therapy to access a list of recommended titles
- browsing the full A-Z list of databases the library subscribes to across all subject areas
If you require an article from a journal not held by the university, you can request a copy of it using the Document Supply Service.
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