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:
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.
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts is recommended as the primary source for article references, having the broadest politics and international relations coverage. For a longer time span, consider in addition IBSS.
For information on additional article databases, see the E-resources tab above.
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.
This video will show you how to find out if the Library has access to a specific article - online or in print.
If you are unable to view this video on YouTube it is also available on YuJa - view the finding an article from a reference video on YuJa (University username and password required)
If you are unable to view these videos on YouTube they are also available on YuJa:
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.