What is a journal?

Answered By: Richard Fallis
Last Updated: Dec 03, 2020     Views: 406

Journals are periodicals, in the form of magazines or specialist newspapers, which publish articles, research and other items on particular subjects. 

The New England Journal of MedicineNatureChemical Reviews and Reviews of Modern Physics are examples of major journals.

During your studies, you will need to read articles from journals because:

  • a lecturer has recommended specific articles
  • you are doing research for an assignment
  • you want to 'read around' your subject

Journals can be available in print, or on-line (i.e. e-journals), or in both of these formats. 

Many journals require you to pay before you can read articles in them. Fortunately, the Library subscribes to 1,000s of journals, meaning that while you are at Queen's you can read articles in them for free, either in print, on-line, or both.

You can access subscribed journals via the Library website.

For more information about finding journals and articles, contact your Subject Librarian.

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