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.
Journals may also be called serials, periodicals or magazines.
There are three basic types of journals:
|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 industry jargon||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|
There are a few ways to find journal articles at UOW Library.