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Finding Journal Articles

There are a number of ways to access journal articles via Goldsmiths Library. These are described in greater detail below. For help using any of the databases listed below, please contact your subject librarian (contact details in the right hand column).

Library Search

Library Search is the quickest and easiest way to find a wide selection of Journal Articles on any given topic and will search across most of the journal collections and databases at Goldsmiths. Enter a few words or phrases into the main search bar, and you'll receive a set of results, which can be refined by various criteria, e.g. subject, Resource type, etc. Where available you can access the full text of any article in your search results by clicking on the title and following the link to the online resource under View Online in the pop up window. 

Note about accessing content via Library Search: If you are on-campus, the content provider should know that you are a Goldsmiths user and provide access easily. If you are off-campus, you will need to sign-in as a Goldsmiths user. You might be deliberately prompted to sign-in, but if not, look for a sign-in option (usually at the top of the page). You will probably see a range of choices - look for either Institutional or Shibboleth log-in. You might then need to choose your region/university - after which you can enter your username and password to access the full-text.

However content from some of our databases and other online resources is not available via Library Search. Look for the coloured icons beneath each named database or Journal collection below to see whether its content is included in Library Search or not. Therefore when conducting a literature review you should always search individual databases too.    

Journal Collections & Databases

For more in-depth searches such as when you are conducting a literature review it is a good idea to also use the subject specific Databases and Journal Collections. Databases have more capable search functionality, enabling you to control your searches better and find more relevant results. They are also often limited to specific subjects or disciplines meaning that they will return fewer results than a cross platform search tool like Library Search. In addition databases often contain a range of other academic literature in addition to journal articles and can therefore broaden the scope of your research. 

Remember that the coverage of some databases subscribed to by Goldsmiths will include items that we do not have access to as part of our subscription. In these instances you should try searching for the article in Library Search to see if there is access via another of our subscriptions or via Senate House or you could try searching Google Scholar to see if there is a freely available version online.  If you are still unable to locate the article you can request it using the Inter Library Loans Service. 

Individual Journal Titles

You can browse individual journal titles using Browzine our searchable online journal platform.  Search for a relevant keyword or use the pre-defined subject areas to easily browse and read thousands of journals. 

You can also use our journal A-Z to look for a specific journal you know of. This is also useful when trying to locate a specific article within a journal if you can't find it via Library Search.

Print Journals

We also have a small selection of journals which are only available as print journals. This includes older journals and a select few current journals which are unavailable electronically. Print journals cannot be borrowed, but articles can be photocopied. Use Library Search to find out how whether a journal is available in print or online and it's location.


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