Journal articles and databases

  • Why do I need to find journal articles?

    Academic journals are key sources for your university studies. They publish articles which are written by specialists in the subject and provide an insight into current thinking, debate and research in the field. Because journals are published periodically throughout the year they can be good sources of up to date information. They can also cover a specific topic in depth, e.g. a case study. 

    Here is an example of an article from an academic journal - to view it, click on the link and log in with your Brookes student number and password when prompted:

    Bernadett Koles, B. and Nagy, P. (2012) 'Facebook usage patterns and school attitudes', Multicultural Education & Technology Journal, 6(1), pp.4-17In particular look at: the abstract (gives you an overview of the research project); the introduction (sets this study in the context of previous research); the discussion and conclusion (analyzes the findings of this study).

    How do I find journal articles?

    If you're doing an assignment and need to find articles on your topic, try searching one of the Library databases listed below. Log in when prompted with your Brookes username and password.

    These are good places to start:

    • Academic Search Complete covers all subject areas and can be a good starting point for researching any topic. It offers full text access to thousands of journals.
    • Discover is a service which lets you search our Library Catalogue and many (though not all) of our e-resources all in one place. It's easy to search and you may find books, journal articles and a variety of other sources. We recommend using a database for more in-depth research. 

    For help with finding journal articles and searching databases, check this PDF guide Finding journal articles: a guide for students on OBI courses and contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for 1-to-1 help. 

  • These databases are particularly useful for students doing the Media Watch project for Contemporary British Studies.

    • LexisLibrary is good for UK newspaper articles. It's a law database so to search for news articles, you'll need to click on News in the red menu bar on the initial screen.
    • Factiva is an international news database covering newspapers, magazines and web sites from all over the world. For tips, see our PDF guide How to search Factiva
    • Box of Broadcasts (BoB) This service gives you access to thousands of recorded radio and TV programmes including films from an online archive.  It allows users to record programmes which will then be stored on the database. First-time users will be prompted to register. 
    • OED online version of the Oxford English Dictionary.
    • Oxford Reference Online Collection of Oxford University Press reference books on a variety of subjects, including English and foreign language dictionaries.
    • Oxford dictionary of national biography This is an illustrated collection of articles providing the life stories of over 50,000 people - good, bad, famous and infamous - who have shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond.

    NB check the subject help pages for full details of other databases in individual subject areas.  

    Databases covering all subjects

    • Academic Search Complete covers all subject areas.
    • JSTOR database provides an archive of full-text articles from a wide range of disciplines. Note that most journals covered do not give access to most recent issues. To find similar sources, try JSTOR's Text Analyser. Upload a document e.g. an article. The tool will analyse the text and then find similar content in JSTOR.
    • Google Scholar is freely available and simple to use. You can get Google Scholar to check whether the full-text article is available at Brookes by changing your settings: In Google Scholar click on 'Settings'. From the left hand options, choose 'Library links’. You'll see a search box you can use to look up a specific library. You need to look up Oxford Brookes and select the option 'Oxford Brookes University - Full-Text Finder @Brookes'. 
    • Web of Science - in spite of its name, this database covers all subject areas. It's particularly useful for advanced research as it allows you to track citations to key articles. On Web of Science you can view an article and see a list of the author’s 'Cited References' - those sources that influenced the author. You can also see the article's influence on subsequent publications via the 'Times Cited' option. Find out more.

    Databases for business and hospitality subjects

    • Business Source Complete - key database for management, economics, finance, accounting and business topics. Includes academic journals, industry news and company information.  
    • Emerald Fulltext Full text articles from academic business journals. Also covers education and training.
    • Mintel Full text market research reports. Mainly UK plus some European reports.
    • Passport International country, economic and market research reports from Euromonitor International.
    • Hospitality and tourism complete covers scholarly research and industry news relating to all areas of hospitality and tourism.

    Databases for social and education topics

    Collections of journals from specific publishers

    NB We do not have access to all the journals on these databases. To check our holdings of a specific journal, go to the  Library home page and select E-journal titles then type in the title of the journal.