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History: Journals

A guide to library resources for History, including an overview of databases, advice on referencing, a support page for researchers and contact details for your department's Subject Librarian.

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Goldsmiths Library subscribes to a large number of academic journals (also known as periodicals or serials) and subject-related news magazines.  Most current subscriptions are accessible electronically rather than held in print on the library shelves.  Our e-journals are accessed off-campus using your Goldsmiths username and password.

For more general information on accessing articles, see the LibGuide for Online Journals.

Understanding a Journal Article Reference

In Chicago refererncing style, a journal article reference will look like this:

Author. "Title of article," Title of journal volume number (year of publication): page reference.


Ellis, N. "New Orleans and Kingston: A Beginning, A Recurrence." Journal of Popular Music Studies 27 (2015): 387–407. doi:10.1111/jpms.12147

The journal title, year of publication and volume number (highlighed above) will be particularly useful in helping you find and access the journal.

Searching Journal Articles

There are several ways of searching our journal articles by topic keywords:

  1. Search using keywords in Library Search
  2. Search using keywords in our Specialist Databases
  3. Found something you can't access? Try checking Senate House or requesting an Inter-Library Loan

Finding journal articles using Google & other search engines

The Library subscribes to hundreds of journals on your behalf, and we recommend you use the specialist databases to discover these. Google and other search engines do not always find the most relevant articles first, and you will often be asked to pay to access the indiviudal articles.

If you find a journal article online, remember that you will need to log in as a Goldsmiths student to be able to access it freely. Look out for the 'institutional' or 'Shibboleth' log in and choose Goldsmiths from the list. If you struggle to log in, try searching for the article or journal title on Library Search instead.

Google Scholar

You can also use Google Scholar to search for journal articles, and you can adjust your Google Scholar settings to link to Goldsmiths Library. Remember that Google Scholar may often not provide as comprehensive or reliable search as specialist databases (such as PsycInfo).


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