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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 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. We recommend you also use databases to search for articles, especially for more in-depth research such as your dissertation. This is because LibrarySearch doesn’t cover all of our e-resources.
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: