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 bibliographic databases listed below to carry out a comprehensive search for journal articles in your subject area. Follow the Find it @ Aston button within each journal article record to find out whether the full text is available to you as a member of Aston University.
ERIC is an online library of education research and information, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.
Research into Higher Education Abstracts Online is a hugely valuable resource for anyone interested in research into higher education. The online database is easily accessible and the search options allow you to search by category, which is immensely helpful when investigating a particular topic area. It can get you to relevant articles much quicker that other more generic database searches. It also covers a huge range of international journals and therefore alerts you to research that has been published in journals you might not routinely access.
Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities.
You can review the journal titles covered in Scopus via this web page.
SocINDEX indexes over 2,000 journal titles with nearly 350 available with full text. SocINDEX is currently hosted through EBSCOhost Research Databases. There are around 185 journal titles covering Education and a full title list can be obtained via the EBSCO platform.
If you find the details of a journal article that is not available at Aston you may be able to obtain it through 'open access' means:
As an alternative, you can order an article as an Inter-library loan.
When searching for journal articles by keyword, to increase the number of results you get and to make those results more relevant to your topic you can obtain lots of useful advice by listening to the podcasts below.
Many of the training seminars run by the Information Specialists team also explore searching by keyword - see your own course of study for details regarding attendance at one of these.
The library subscribes to a number of journals on the database JSTOR, which you can access through the link above. However, JSTOR also offer an additional service that may be useful to you, called 'Register and Read'. Create a personal account here, then access a large number of journal articles that are not available through the library's subscriptions.
The following journal articles have been published recently in this subject area. If you would like to be alerted to journal articles in your specific area of interest as they are published, see the Keeping Up To Date tab.