Journal articles

  • If you know the details of a particular article you'd like to find:

    1. Go to the library home page.
    2. The default tab for searching is Discover. You can enter the whole article title or part of it in the search box. Putting "quotation marks" around the phrase can help to find exactly what you need.
    3. Click 'view online' and then 'open source in new window' to see the full text.

    Sometimes a lecturer may recommend a journal, but not any particular articles for you to read.  

    1. Go to the library home page and choose the 'E-journals by title' tab above the search box.
    2. In the search box, enter the title of the journal (not an article title).
    3. If we have the journal, you will see a link to any databases where it can be found, and the publication years covered. Click to go through to the database.
    4. The databases will all look different but most should list the years of the journal title available, then the issues and then the contents of the issue so that you can download it. You can either navigate to the most recent edition, or search within the journal for a topic of interest to you.

    If you would like to find any articles about a topic but don't know of any particular resources to look for, you should use the links on this page to try a relevant database.

    You can then use keywords which describe your topic to find articles and other resources. Some databases have more information about some topics than others, so you should try searching a few different databases for all your research areas.


  • Databases for Coaching and Mentoring

    Please note that while the full text of articles is often available, sometimes you will just find the abstract - this varies between databases.


    EBSCO databases

    These three databases look similar because they are all hosted on the same platform. These short videos and written guides explain how to search these databases, using Business Source Complete as an example.

    Academic Search Complete is a large multi-disciplinary database and includes many journals on Psychology, Sociology and research methods.

    Business Source Complete covers aspects of coaching and mentoring in business, in journals from many different publishers.

    PsychInfo is useful if you are studying psychological dimensions of learning. It indexes journal articles, books and reports.


    Other databases

    Emerald insight is a multidisciplinary database of journals published by Emerald. For some articles the database only has abstracts (summaries) but for others it contains the full text.

    British Education Index indexes about 350 education journals. It also includes references to books and reports.

    Web of Science is a multi-disciplinary database which includes the Science and Social Science Citation Indexes.

    Zetoc gives access to the British Library's electronic Table of Contents. It contains details of approximately 20,000 current journals and 16,000 conference proceedings and is updated daily.