• Journals and Articles


    What is a journal and a journal article?

    What is a journal?

    • A collection of articles relating to a particular topic
    • Published regularly (e.g. once a month, quarterly, annually)

    What is an article?

    • An individual piece of research written by an academic, professional or expert
    • Published together with other articles by other authors in a journal




    Why use journal articles?

    • Include the latest research and up-to-date
    • Cover very specific topics
    • Quality checked during a peer review process
    • List references used - good source for further research
    • Search for specific articles online

    Remember – journal articles are written by academics such as your lecturers 
    You will get higher marks for including references to relevant journal articles



    How do I find journal articles?

    1) Check your Reading list!

    If your lecturer has recommended some titles, click on these, follow the access instructions and then do a basic search.

    It's always a good idea to reference some journal articles from recommended sources in your assignments.

    Watch a quick video guide on accessing journals from your reading list

    2) Do a quick search on the Articles tab via the Library Catalogue

    • Enter your search terms
    • Refine your results using the Peer-reviewed Journals option (this then lists articles from the most scholarly journals).
    • Use View online to see where you can access the article 
    • Check the access instructions and then GO

    The Articles tab is very general and you may get a lot of results which are not relevant.
    Try using our specialist resources instead, like
    Criminology Sage Full Text.


    Watch a quick video guide about using the Articles tab

    3) Use a Library eResource

    Here you can locate journal articles on specific topics as well as legal information.

    Look at our Criminology SAGE Full-text Collection and Other eResources tabs above.

    The Library pays for you to have access to these key resources and you will improve your marks if you read and reference appropriate library materials in your work!



    Specific Journals


    Search on the Library Catalogue and use the Journals option under Resource Type to see is available.


    Useful ejournals for criminology include:


    Make sure that you check the years that are available for each journal from each provider and read the OFF CAMPUS access instructions.


    See our journals video for more help accessing and searching within these specific journal titles.