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:
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.
If you are off-campus you will need to login to view the full-text of any of your results. Once viewing your results click on the Sign-in option at the top of the screen, select 'Other institution login', search for 'Reading' and login using your University username and password.
In the text of your coursework insert a superscript number in sequence. Read more about this on the citing references page.
In your bibliography journal articles (online and in print) should be referenced as:
If there are no page numbers include the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) instead. The abbreviated forms of journal titles can be found at:
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.