You may need to use articles from a range of different journal types in the course of your studies. 

You may be asked to only use articles from a peer-reviewed or refereed journal. Our peer reviewed journal articles guide explains what peer review is and how to find peer reviewed articles.

Find out about different journal types and how to find the articles you need.

1. What is a journal?

A journal is a magazine that focuses on a particular discipline or subject matter. Journals are sometimes referred to as magazines, periodicals, or serials. Journals:

  • concern a particular discipline or subject area
  • are published regularly (weekly, monthly, quarterly)
  • contain articles, book reviews and editorial content.

There are many types of journals, including:

  • peer-reviewed
  • scholarly and academic journals
  • trade journals
  • professional journal
  • current affairs journals.
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2. Why use journal articles?

Information found in journals is:

  • authoritative and often peer-reviewed
  • current
  • digestible (with an easily understandable structure: Abstract, introduction, methodology, discussion and conclusion)
  • provides information on a specific topic
  • answers a specific question (presents findings).

Journal articles are not suitable for all occasions. Journals articles generally do not provide:

  • an introduction to a subject area
  • a broad overview of a particular topic.
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3. Find a particular article

If you have the journal article citation, to get the full text of the article check in UQ Library Search first.

For example, to find this citation - 

Serry, T. A., & Oberklaid, F. (2015). Children with reading problems: Missed opportunities to make a difference. Australian Journal of Education, 59(1), 22-34. 

  1. Go to UQ Library Search
  2. Enter the article title - "Children with reading problems: Missed opportunities to make a difference"  
  3. Verify that the result is the correct Journal, author, year, volume, page number etc
  4. Click on the title to access or locate the article

Search UQ Library Search for the journal title to find out:

  • Whether the library holds the journal
  • If it is published online or in print
  • Which database holds the journal
  • Which volumes/years are held.

To search for journal titles:

  1. Go to UQ Library Search
  2. Select Journals from the drop down options
  3. enter the journal title, for example - Australian Journal of Education

If you only have partial information on the journal article, search Google Scholar for the full citation. Once you have the journal citation you can go back to UQ Library Search to look up the journal title.

Find the full text of a particular journal article (YouTube, 3m:14)

If you still can't locate your journal article, place a document delivery request and we will try to get it for you.

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4. Find articles by subject or keyword

UQ Library Search is a good place to start as it searches across many databases.

Searching further on your topic:

Get more tips on searching in databases.


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