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Academic journals are key sources for your Politics and IR studies. They publish articles which are written by specialists in the field and provide an insight into current thinking, debate and research. They can also cover a specific topic in depth, e.g. a case study.
This guide from the Open University (PDF) explains clearly what a journal is, and how they differ from books.
Peer review provides feedback so that researchers can revise and improve their papers before publication. It also acts as a quality check, ensuring that articles meet high standards expected in the discipline and required to maintain the reputation of the journal. Find out more about the purpose of peer review and how it works in this Explainer: what is peer review?
If you have the details of a specific article you may be able to use LibrarySearch to find it. Type the article title and author in the LibrarySearch
Alternatively you can look up a specific journal title and browse or search through back issues:
You can use Cite Them Right Online to help you accurately create your own references to journal articles. If you have found an article online and need to reference it, make sure you have recorded these details:
LibrarySearch » is a good place to start. Use it to search for a topic and find books, articles and other resources. Just type your keywords or a phrase in the search box. At the results screen, use the filter options on the left to limit your search to articles. Check this quick guide Using LibrarySearch to find journal articles on a topic (PDF) NB LibrarySearch doesn’t cover all of our e-resources. We recommend using a database for more in-depth research.
Finding journal articles guide (PDF) » Includes tips on how to search databases effectively.
Literature search plan (Word) » Designed to help you plan your search - download a copy and add your own notes.
Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for 1-to-1 help.
We also have access to some - but not all - of the journals in these publisher 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.
online version of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Oxford Reference Online
This is a collection of Oxford University Press reference books on a variety of subjects including Politics. Individual titles from the collection are also listed on on
LibrarySearch. Sources include:
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