Journal articles are usually short papers on specific topics. They are published in issues or parts of journals (also called periodicals) which appear regularly. Use articles to find:
Journal articles generally go through a process called peer-review, meaning they are moderated by other academics before publication. This makes them a key source for considered, in-depth scholarly analysis of legal topics for study and research, in particular when compared to most materials you may find freely on the Web e.g. on a law firm's website.
Search the Enterprise catalogue to find out if we have a specific journal (in print or online):
Or search the Library's E-journals Finder for online availability:
If you do not recognise the journal referenced in a legal citation, use a legal abbreviations index, such as the online Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations, to determine its full title before searching. For example:
Search subject-related databases (listed on the right of the screen) or the Summon discovery service for relevant articles or to find references to journal articles - they may also give you the full-text of the article, or at least link you to the full-text if available online. A Summon search box is provided below.
Search Summon to find online journal articles by topic or by article title.
Our Inter-Library Loans service can get articles not held at Reading from other libraries (usually from the British Library).
For more information see our pages on requesting inter-library loans.
You might also consider the Access to Research scheme, which offers you onsite access to a large collection of academic journal articles in local public libraries, including libraries in the Reading and Wokingham areas.