Journals and journal articles

To find the most current information on a topic try searching for a journal. Journals are published on an ongoing basis so you can find the latest information available.

UNSW Library subscribes to scholarly, or academic journals, which contain articles relevant to university studies in addition to relevant trade or professional journals, popular magazines and newspapers.

Peer-reviewed journals are a type of scholarly journal. Articles published in these journals have been assessed by the author’s peers, an editorial board of subject specialists in a particular discipline. They review, and accept or reject articles that have been submitted for publication based on the validity and scholarship of the article.

Peer-reviewed articles:

  • present more highly regarded and authoritative information
  • include bibliographies that provide further reading of a similar quality and standard
  • focus on original academic research
  • are also called refereed articles

Some databases allow you to limit a search to peer-reviewed articles only.

Journals usually indicate that they are peer-reviewed in the information at the front or back of each journal issue or in the journal website.

Ulrichsweb global serials directory identifies whether or not a journal is peer-reviewed. Access it via Databases or Library collection.

Find a known journal article

To find a specific journal article, search Library collection for the title of the article.

If the article does not appear in your search results, try searching for the journal title.

Narrow down your results using Refine my results > Resource Type and then APPLY FILTERS to only include results from journals.

Some print journals are held in Library Storage and can be requested from the journal record in the Library collection.

Find current information on a topic

The full text of many journal articles can be accessed online via the Library’s databases or Google Scholar.

Find a relevant database for your topic via the Databases link on the Library home page and searching by keyword, or see a list of key databases in your area in UNSW Library’s Subject Guides.

Your database search will display a list of records. Some of these records may provide the full text of articles. You can connect to the full text by clicking on PDF or full text links if available.

If an article has no PDF or full text link, click Find It to connect to the article via other databases.
Then click View It to find databases that can connect you to the full text. If more than one database is listed, select the one that includes the date you need. If no database links to full text are displayed try searching for the journal article in the Library collection to see if UNSW Library holds it in print.

Before you start, log in to myLibrary using your zID and password to ensure you are getting access to all the Library's online resources.


For more information on journal articles see Discover > Journal articles in ELISE | Informing your studies tutorial.

For more information on peer-reviewed journal articles see Discover > Peer-reviewed literature in ELISE | Informing your studies tutorial.

For more information on searching databases see Discover > Databases in ELISE | Informing your studies tutorial.

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