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How using journal articles in your studies can help you succeed at uni
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How using journal articles can help you succeed in your studies! www.kent.ac.uk/library Information Services

Let’s start with why journals are great!

Journal articles provide specialised information on a topic which means they’re useful for essays, dissertations, and seminar preparation

Journal articles are much shorter than books and give you access to the latest thinking on a subject

Using good quality journal articles in your work is likely to get you better marks!

So what is a journal?

So what is a journal?

A journal tends to have content focussed around a particular subject or area of interest and is published at regular intervals, for example weekly, monthly, or quarterly

Like these, for example

The New Law Journal is published weekly

American Mathematical Monthly speaks for itself

And these come out quarterly, ie 4 times a year

What’s in a journal?

What’s in a journal?

Articles! Each issue of a journal contains a number of individual articles, like chapters of a book

Articles! Usually they cover different topics within the same subject area Sometimes they concentrate on a particular topic, but are written by different specialists

Each article is either based on original research or experimentation or reviews research or books written by others

Here’s a typical table of contents of a journal issue

Except this one is a special issue where all the articles are about poison frogs

What’s the difference between print and online journals?

Online can be accessed easily anywhere with an internet connection

Online articles can be read online

Online or downloaded to your own computer, mobile or tablet

Print can be consulted in the Library (only postgrads and staff can borrow journals)

Print articles can be photocopied or scanned

What are the elements of a journal?

We’ve already mentioned the word issue a couple of times...

We’ve already mentioned the word issue a couple of times... database? journal volume issue article

Volume Most journals will have a volume number that covers all the parts published in one year Vol. 86, 2013 Vol. 87, 2014

Issue The part of a journal that is published weekly, monthly, and so on, is called an issue and will also be numbered Vol. 86 (3), 2013 Vol. 86 (4), 2013

Pages Page numbering often continues across all the issues published in one year, so you can see some pretty high page numbers

What does a reference to a journal article look like?

Article references In a bibliography or reading list you may come across something like this:

Article references Brown, Jason L., “Neotropical poison frogs: evolution’s guide to parenting, fashion and communication in a dynamic world”, Evolutionary Ecology, 27 (4), July 2013, 655– 659

Article references Brown, Jason L., “Neotropical poison frogs: evolution’s guide to parenting, fashion and communication in a dynamic world”, Evolutionary Ecology, 27 (4), July 2013, 655– 659 = author

Article references Brown, Jason L., “Neotropical poison frogs: evolution’s guide to parenting, fashion and communication in a dynamic world”, Evolutionary Ecology, 27 (4), July 2013, 655– 659 = article title

Article references Brown, Jason L., “Neotropical poison frogs: evolution’s guide to parenting, fashion and communication in a dynamic world”, Evolutionary Ecology, 27 (4), July 2013, 655– 659 = journal title

Article references Brown, Jason L., “Neotropical poison frogs: evolution’s guide to parenting, fashion and communication in a dynamic world”, Evolutionary Ecology, 27 (4), July 2013, 655– 659 = volume and issue

Article references Brown, Jason L., “Neotropical poison frogs: evolution’s guide to parenting, fashion and communication in a dynamic world”, Evolutionary Ecology, 27 (4), July 2013, 655–659 = publication date

Article references Brown, Jason L., “Neotropical poison frogs: evolution’s guide to parenting, fashion and communication in a dynamic world”, Evolutionary Ecology, 27 (4), July 2013, 655– 659 = pages

Article references Here’s the same article when you look it up in the database Web of Science, where the components are a lot clearer

Are some journals better than others?

Academic journals contain articles that have been written by academics for an audience of other scholars such articles are often peer-reviewed, ie quality checked by other academics

This means you can be sure the information in academic journals is of high quality

Is that why I shouldn’t just use Google?

Yes.

Google vs Library content A web search may turn up the occasional good quality article that you can freely download but most important academic journals are only available via subscription by your Library

Google vs Library content That means the Library website and catalogue are your surest way to high quality, peer-reviewed journal articles www.kent.ac.uk/library/resources catalogue.kent.ac.uk

How do I find good journal articles for my assignment?

Databases Whatever you are studying, there will be key databases of journal articles for you to search

Databases Your Library subject guide recommends the best databases to get started www.kent.ac.uk/library/subjects

Need help?

Just ask!

Visit the Templeman Library IT & Library Support Desk or email library-enquiry@kent.ac.uk

The Academic Liaison Team will be happy to help if you need more specialised support www.kent.ac.uk/library/als

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