Journal articles are short papers, usually written on a narrow topic area. They are part of larger issues called journals, which are published on a regular basis.
Journal articles are a great resource to use. They will cover more specific topics and go into more detail than a textbook. They also usually contain more up to date and cutting edge research than books. Many journal articles also go through the process of peer review. Watch the video in the next box to find out what peer review is and how it acts as a an extra quality control step.
The resources listed below are journal article databases. Each database will cross-search 1000's of journals at once for you.
Each database covers a specific subject area or areas, this means you may get less results from your search but the articles will be more relevant to your area of study.
If you are unsure which database would be the best to use, hover your cursor over the name and it will give you more information.
Use the search box below to search Google Scholar. Google Scholar is straightforward to use, and unlike regular Google will find scholarly material, including peer reviewed journal articles.
Document supply can be used to obtain any journal article, book, report etc that you cannot get access to through the library.
Use the form through the link below to request an item.
Coventry University is a member of the SCONUL Access reciprocal scheme.
This scheme allows staff and students from Coventry University to visit and possibly borrow books from other UK higher education institutions.
Register online at the SCONUL website to see whether the library you wish to visit is in the scheme and what they offer.
If you wish to apply, follow the instructions on the screen. You should receive an email from Coventry University which you take to the uni you wish to go to, along with your ID card.
Please note: you will not be able to access the electronic resources of the library under SCONUL Access.
To renew Sconul access you need to re-apply via the Sconul website