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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:
- up-to-date research in your subject
- reviews of developments in your subject - these review articles include extensive lists of references
Types of articles
- Primary - these are first hand accounts of research that has been undertaken written by the researchers themselves.
- Secondary - describe, summarize, or discuss information or details originally presented in another source. These include review articles which summarise the current state of the knowledge on a topic (many databases allow you to restrict search results to this type of article). A more specialised secondary source are systematic reviews which use the existing literature to try to answer a specific question, often including a meta-analysis of the all the studies included in the relevant articles.
Finding journal articles
Search the Summon discovery service using the box below to find full-text journal articles available via the Library. Search using topic topic words or for a specific article title.
Search databases covering your subject
Alternatively try the subject-related databases listed below. They will give you 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 it is available online.
Key databases for finding journal articles
Gives references to journal articles, books and chapters in psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines including education, linguistics, medicine, and physiology. Includes links to full-text articles in PsycARTICLES.
Biomedical sciences including: clinical medicine, speech therapy and pathology. Gives references to journal articles.
LLBA (Linguisitics and Language Behavior Abstracts)
All aspects of linguistics and language; gives references for journal articles, monographs, books, technical reports, occasional papers, dissertations, and book reviews.
Getting articles not held at Reading
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 webpages:
If you are having difficulties accessing articles via Summon or one of our databases see the links below.
If there is a problem with a Library e-resource please fill in a problem report form.
Video: finding a journal article from a reference
This video will show you how to find out if the Library has access to a specific article - online or in print.
Video: discovering online articles and chapters with Summon