There are a few ways to find journal articles at UOW Library.
Journals may also be called serials, periodicals or magazines. There are three basic types of journals:
* academic / refereed journals are the most relevant for research purposes
* trade journals provide industry or single topic information
* popular journals are useful for study in areas of current affairs and popular culture
|Refereed||Generally not refereed but may contain individual refereed articles||Not refereed|
|Specialised audience||Industry or topic based||Wide audience|
|Reports on original research||Includes case studies and industry news||Broad content focusing on current events and news|
|Often includes review articles||Short articles||Short articles|
|Uses technical language||Uses jargon from the industry / profession||Non technical, often simple language|
|Includes author's affiliation||Authors details may be included||May not include an author|
|Includes abstracts||May include a short abstract||No abstracts|
|Includes many references||Usually only 3-4 references||No references|
|Advertising usually restricted to an industry / profession||Includes extensive advertising|
Journals are published at regular intervals under the same title. They contain articles relating to a specific subject area.
Academic journals are the most relevant for research purposes. Articles in academic journals are usually refereed (also called peer reviewed).
If you are unsure whether a publication is a journal, check to see if it has a volume and/or issue number.
Journals are a source of current information and are a good way to keep up to date with research and developments in your subject area. They contain information that may never be published in books.