Why use journals
Journals, also known as periodicals or serials, provide an important source of information in addition to books, as they contain individual articles which give up to date information and research in specific subject areas.
Journals have certain characteristics which are different from books. They
- contain a selection of articles by different authors
- are published regularly, often weekly, monthly or yearly
- contain concisely written articles on specific topics
- have articles which present and discuss results of research or case studies
During your course you will be expected to make use of journals, so it is a good idea to become familiar with what they are and to understand how to search them for relevant information.
Finding journal titles
Journals come in different formats – print and/or online
CCCU library holds approximately 1000 printed journals on different subjects. You can search for these titles using the library catalogue; change the drop-down menu option on the search screen to "Periodical title".
Online or e- journals
You can find links to e-journals that the library subscribes to using the e-Library gateway, ‘Search it’. When you have logged into ‘Search it’, click on Find e-Journal near the top of the page and search for the title of the journal you are looking for. If the journal title appears in the results list, click on it and follow the Find it links to the relevant database. You will be able to read whole articles on your computer screen or print them out.
To search for individual articles in journals see Finding journal articles.