A journal is similar to a magazine. Issues are available at regular intervals, such as every month. Often, journals are 'peer-reviewed' or 'scholarly'.
Journals contain pieces of writing or research called journal articles.
This website summarises the difference between scholarly journals and popular magazines.
A library database is simply on online collection of information, such as:
Sometimes only the abstract of a journal article will be available in a database but often you will be able to read the full text of the article too.
The easiest way to find a journal article is by searching MultiSearch. Log in with your network username and password to access full text.
Another option is to search a individual database. The ones most relevant to your subject area are linked below, or you can click here to see all of our databases.