• 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 management resources instead, like 
    ProQuest Business.

    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 industry information, market research and company financials.

    Look at our ProQuest Business 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

    • Harvard Business Review

    This key journal is available in print on Floor 1A of the Library.

    It is indexed in ProQuest Business - search for articles you want and then note down the reference and look them up in the printed version in the Library.

    Alternatively, you can access four free articles per month via the Harvard Business Review website. If you register for a free account, you can read up to eight articles per month.

    To keep up-to-date: set up alerts in the databases or sign up to newsletters and twitter feeds on the HBR website.

    • Academy of Management Journals

    These three journals are only available on campus but are worth checking for recent articles to include in your assignments:

    Which are the best journals for management?

    Access to these key titles from SAGE and Wiley: