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Journal articles

Journals, also known as magazines, serials or periodicals,

  • focus on a particular discipline or subject matter
  • are published regularly (weekly, monthly, quarterly)
  • contain articles, book reviews and editorial content.

There are many types of journals, including:

  • peer-reviewed
  • scholarly and academic journals
  • trade journals
  • professional journal
  • current affairs journals.

Use journal articles (the information found in journals) for your research. Journal articles:

  • are current, authoritative and often peer-reviewed
  • have an easily understandable structure: abstract, introduction, methodology, discussion)
  • focus expressly on a topic
  • answer a fixed question and end with a conclusion.

Search for journal articles in Library Search

Search for journal articles by typing your query into the Library Search box (this will search across all ACU campuses).

Your query can include any relevant words such  as:

  • journal name
  • article title
  • author/s
  • a combination of the above
Library search box

The left-hand side of the search results page has filters to help you refine or limit the results you see e.g. Date range, Collection (journals), Resource type, and more.

You can also search for the journal title in the eJournals A - Z or via the ACU Databases

Search for journal articles in a database

1. Select an appropriate database from a relevant subject guide or the Database A-Z list.

2. Search for journal articles by typing your query into the Database search box. 

Your query can include any relevant words such as:

  • journal name
  • article title
  • author/s
  • a combination of the above

Use search tips such as:

Phrasing to find exact terms – "journal of health and social behaviour"

Connectors "journal of health and social behaviour" AND Jensen