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 can be found in LRC3 and LRC4. Creative arts, beauty, music, engineering and business journals can be found in LRC3. Social sciences, education, psychology and political journals are housed in LRC4. Ask at the LRC Information desk if you have questions about where to find a certain journal you’re interested in.  

Current copies are on display, with back issues held in the compartment behind. Simply lift and slide back the plastic lid to find the back copies.

How can I find the journal I want?

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

To search the LRC records simply type in the title you are looking for in LRC Search and hit “search”.  This search will display not just our online journals but also the lists of our print journals which we keep on display in LRC3 and LRC4.

Online Journals

The LRC provides access to thousands e-journals (electronic journals).  All, except Issues Online and Vogue Archive are available on campus at the college as well as being accessible to you in the same way from home. Issues Online and Vogue Archive are only available to use on campus. You can search our collection using LRC Search and Discover. More information on using Discover can be found here and information on using LRC Search can be found here.

You can also search specific databases for journals if you’re interested in a particular provider. You can do this from the e-Library here. Read the descriptions underneath each database for more information on which ones are good to research certain subjects.

Emerald, Gale, Sage and Taylor and Francis are just some of the fantastic databases we subscribe to and allow you access to thousands of journals, articles etc. You can find all of these listed in the e-Library.

Can I search by topic?

You can search the journals by topic. The simplest way is to go to LRC Search and then just type your search topic in the search bar provided.  You will find lots of articles from lots of sources this way if you narrow your search down using the drop down options or search limits. To learn more about searching the LRC records you can read the information here. 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: http://www.emerald-library.com/ [Accessed 20th August 2010].