Magazine, newspaper and journal articles are a great way to find up to date information on all sorts of subjects. Just as leisure magazines provide information on the newest fashion or the best mobile phones to buy, journals provide the most up to date information for your subject.

What is a journal?

A journal is simply a magazine or newspaper which is published on a regular basis (weekly, monthly, quarterly) on a particular topic, usually by experts in the field.  Journals can be in paper form or online or both and usually will be numbered with a volume and issue number pertaining to a specific year.

Why should I use them?

The information in journals is more up to date than most other sources, and is often the first place new research is published.

Where can I find the journals?

Journals at The Hub are located near to the books on the same subject, and arranged in class number order.

Journals at the University Centre are mainly located in display cabinets in alphabetical order.  Current copies are on display, with back issues held in the compartment behind.  Please note that older copies may be held in the archives.

How can I find the journal I want?

You can find out what journals we have and where they are located by searching the web catalogue or by asking a member of library staff for help.

To search the web catalogue simply type in the title you are looking for and hit search.  To see class number of Hub journals, select the details button and then the catalogue record tab.

You may notice that some of our journals also have a link to an online version.  To view the journal online select the link (URL) and retype your search.  You will need to login with your College computer login.

Online Journals

The LRC provides access to over 7000 e-journals (electronic journals).  All are available on and off site.

From the Doncaster College LRC homepage, select the E-Library button.

Can I search by topic?

You can search the journals by topic.  The simplest way is to go to Discover, login with your College computer login, and then just type your search topic in the box provided.  You will find lots of articles from lots of sources this way – just remember to tick the fulltext box to read the articles online.  Alternatively you can search individual databases just select the one you want from the E-Library.

Photocopying and printing journals

Copyright law allows you to print / photocopy one article per journal issue (see notices at photocopiers for further details).

Referencing journal articles

To cite journal articles in text you refer to the author’s surname and date of publication  e.g. Kidger (2004) argues that….

You should reference journal articles in the following way, note the punctuation and font.

Paper format

Author’s surname, Initial (Date) Title of the article: subtitle of the article. Title of the journalVolume (part) pages.

Kidger, J. (2004) Including young mothers: limitation to New Labour’s strategy for supporting teenage parents.  Critical Social Policy24 (3) pp. 291-311

Online format

Author’s surname, Initial (Date) Title of the article: subtitle of the article.  Title of the journal, Volume (part) pages [Online] Available from: database or webpage URL [Date you accessed it]

Johnson, J. (2004) Flexible working: changing the manager’s role.  Management Decision, 42 (6) pp. 721-737 [Online] Available from: [Accessed 20th August 2010].