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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
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