Why should I use journals?

Journals are published on a regular basis e.g. weekly, monthly or quarterly and as such provide a good source of up to date information. Journals contain more specialised information about subjects than books, so you will need to use them as your academic interests develop.

Different types of journals are published, these include:

  • scholarly peer reviewed journals: journals read by, and commented on by other scholars in the same field
  • trade journals relating to specific professions or industries 
  • popular and news magazines

The Library subscribes to a wide range of journal titles in both general and subject specific areas. You will be expected to use journals as part of your academic studies. You may find references to journals and journal articles in your reading lists.

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