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.
Generally the best way to locate journal articles is to search relevant databases which cover this type of literature for your topic. You will see links to what I consider are the top 5 databases for your field on the Welcome page of this Libguide.
For a complete list of databases please click on the Subject Resources tab for this Libguide.
If you hover over the name of a database you will see some information about that database which may help you decide whether you need to search it.
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