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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 title
link and log in with your Brookes student number and password when
Bernadett Koles, B. and Nagy, P. (2012) 'Facebook usage patterns and school attitudes', Multicultural Education & Technology Journal, 6(1), pp.4-17. In
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
Here is a definition of peer review:
Castree, N., Kitchin, R. and Rogers, A. (2013) A Dictionary of Human Geography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available at: http://www.oxfordreference.com.oxfordbrookes.idm.oclc.org/view/10.1093/acref/9780199599868.001.0001/acref-9780199599868-e-1381 (Accessed 18 November 2018)
Emerald publish peer reviewed journals in the fields of business, education and training. They provide details of their peer review process here.
Provides feedback so that researchers can revise and improve their papers before publication.
To maintain the reputation of the journal.
You can use LibrarySearch to search for articles, books and other resources:
Check this quick guide Using LibrarySearch to find journal articles on a topic
LibrarySearch is a good starting point but we recommend you also use databases to search for articles. This is because:
Databases offer features which allow you to tailor your search – to help you find the most relevant material.
Check the section below for how to access and search databases.
You can also use LibrarySearch to look up a journal title – perhaps to browse through a key title or follow up a specific reference. Check our quick guide Using LibrarySearch to find a journal title
Quick LibrarySearch guide Using LibrarySearch to find a database
Guide for students on Pathways programmes: Finding journal articles on a topic through LibrarySearch and databases (PDF)
Remember you can contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for 1-to-1 help.
NB check the subject help pages for full details of other databases in individual subject areas.
Databases covering all subjects
Databases for business and hospitality subjects
Databases for social and education topics
Collections of journals from specific publishers
NB We do not have access to all the journals in these collections. To check our holdings of a specific journal, go to the Library home page and select Journal titles, then type in the title of the journal.
These databases are particularly useful for students doing the Media Watch project for Contemporary British Studies.