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Academic journals are key sources in the Sociology discipline. 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. reporting a study done using specific research methods (quantitative/qualitative/mixed).
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. Try typing the article title and author in the LibrarySearch and see if it comes up.
Alternatively you can look up a specific journal title and browse or search through back issues:
LibrarySearch » is a good place to start searching for journal articles on a topic. Just type 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. Note that 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.
You are welcome to contact the Academic Liaison Librarian for Sociology for 1-to-1 help.
Media Studies:Communication & Mass Media Complete - very good for topics relating to media and society. Many articles are full-text.
Health and Psychology:
Multi-disciplinary - databases covering all subject areas:
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.
Historical news sources:
For further help with tracking down news sources, see our News and current affairs guide.Check Cite Them Right Online for guidance on how to reference online news sources in the Harvard style used at Brookes.
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