What is an e-journal or electronic journal?

Answered By: Geraldine O'Beirn
Last Updated: Jul 23, 2020     Views: 41

E-journals or electronic journals are periodicals, in the form of magazines or specialist newspapers, which are published in electronic format (online). 

British Journal of Nursing, NatureChemistry Letters and Oxford Review of Education are examples of e-journals. 

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

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

Many e-journals require you to pay before you can access the full text of articles. Fortunately, QUB Library subscribes to thousands of e-journals, meaning that while you are at Queen's University Belfast you can read these articles online for free.

There are many advantages of e-journals including:

  • You can access e-journals both on campus and off campus (from home)
  • You can easily search through the e-journal content and full text online
  • You can get up-to-date information and published research
  • You can interact with e-journals as many include more images or audio-visual material
  • You can save, export or email content from e-journals

You can find subscribed e-journals by searching our E-Journals A-Z or the Library Catalogue. You can look for specific journal articles, or articles on a topic, using Article Search. All these systems can be accessed both on campus and off campus (from home). 

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

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