What is a journal?

Similar to a magazine, but on topics that are usually more scholarly, a journal contains a collection of articles written by different authors. Unlike a book, the publication of a journal is on-going, with no finish date in sight. Journals can be available in an e-format or print or both.

  • Examples: Performance Research / Journal of Biochemistry / Victorian Studies

What's the difference between a magazine and a journal?

Magazine articles are usually written by journalists for a mass-market audience. Journal articles will have been written by researchers and will often have undergone a quality checking, peer-review process. 

What does peer review mean?

Peer review refers to a process that certain journals use to quality check articles before accepting them for publication. The article will have been read and commented on by a panel of experts, who will have inspected the research findings for accuracy and originality. If you are reading a peer-reviewed journal, you can be sure the information is “quality assured”.

How do I find journals?

  • Your lecturers will be able to recommend journals to you, and you will also see references to journals and journal articles in your reading lists.
  • You can come into the library and browse through a selection of print journals that the library subscribes to.
  • To browse through e-journals (which won’t be visible on the Library shelves!) you’ll need to use the Library search tools such as Library Search (Falmouth) or Library Search (Exeter).
  • Falmouth students can browse through a list of journals on their Library subject pages
  • Falmouth students can browse through a list of e-journals by subject
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How do I find a journal article?


  • If you know the title of the article, simply type in some keywords from it into Library Search [Falmouth] or Library Search [Exeter]
  • You might need to use the filters to narrow the results to journal articles

This video shows you how to use Library Search (Falmouth) to look for journal articles

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