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Journals and journal articles

Scholarly journals typically contain articles written by academics or professional researchers. Peer reviewed journals contain articles which have been reviewed and approved by recognised experts in particular subject areas.

Review papers or articles present a comprehensive review of the existing body of knowledge in a specific subject or topic. Review papers can be very useful for locating the core literature in a particular subject area; similar to a reference work like an encyclopedia, they can be good places to get started with your research.

Not sure about the difference between a 'journal' and a 'journal article'? Check out the following video.

Watch this video on how to find a journal article in the Library catalogue:

Want to know more about that's in a scholarly journal article? Check out the following video for a guided tour:


Test your knowledge about scholarly journal articles with the following quiz!