Journal articles are usually:
You will be able to find a limited number of journal articles on a topic by using the Library SmartSearch, and this may be most appropriate for you if you need to obtain a few full-text journal articles on a particular subject.
You can use the following bibliographic databases to carry out a comprehensive search for journal articles in your subject area. Use the button within each journal article record to find out whether the full text is available to you as a member of Aston University.
The reference for a journal article usually looks something like this:
Author(s) (year). Article title. Journal title, volume (issue), page numbers.
SHENTON, A.K., FITZGIBBONS, M. (2010). Making information literacy relevant. Library Review, 59 (3), 165-174.
There are two main ways to find the full text of a journal article from a reference:
Many journal articles are now freely available online as they have been published "open access" in addition to their publication in a subscription journal.
Use the following search tools to find open access journal articles:
Aston University is a member of the SCONUL Access reciprocal scheme, which allows full-time postgraduate / postgraduate research students, academic staff, and part-time, distance learner or placement students to visit most of the university libraries in the UK and Ireland and use or borrow books.
Aston University full-time undergraduate students are not eligible for SCONUL Access membership, but may be able to use other libraries on a reference only basis under the SCONUL Vacation Access scheme.
If you are a final year undergraduate, postgraduate, researcher or member of staff and you require material not held in the Library for your research or dissertation, you can order this on Inter Library Loan.
Keyword searching is generally what you use when you are first beginning a search. Try to break down your topic or research question into the overall main ideas; these main ideas become simple keywords which you may use to search a Library database. It's useful to keep a when you are researching a topic. This will help you remember the words you have already tried searching, the combinations you have used, and any new words you noticed in search results that you want to try in your searches later.
Watch these short videos to help you improve your search skills: