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 an 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 full name and student number to access it.
Another option is to search an individual database. Click here to see all of our databases.
One database relevant to Engineering is not searchable through MultiSearch, so you will need to log in to this separately:
Why should I use an individual database instead of doing all my searches in MultiSearch ?
MultiSearch is great for finding out the range of sources we have available on any given topic but once you start to research a topic in more depth you will want more flexibility to save your results and keep up to date with new publications.
Most databases allow you to save searches and set up saved search alerts that send you any new items that matches your search. This is one of the advantages of using the database directly rather than always using MultiSearch.