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Online Journals & Magazines: Introduction

A starter's guide to finding journals and journal articles online or in Goldsmiths Library including an overview of our Art & Design Journals room and information about how to register for access to Senate House Library resources for free.

Introduction to Online Journals

What are journals?

Journals are regular publications with articles on current research or thought on a given academic subject. Articles published in academic journals often go through a process of 'peer-review' where other experts on the topic ensure the research presented has a high standard of academic rigour. Although most are available online, traditionally they were printed in regular numbers then collected and bound in a volume each year. Journals still use volume and issue numbers - e.g. Vol.28, no.2 (2018) - to help researchers find and accurately reference articles. 

How many journals does the library have?

The library holds around 300 printed journals and magazines, and provides access to over 7,000 online journals through various databases and subscriptions.

Additionally, staff and students at Goldsmiths can apply for free membership to Senate House library and access their print collections and e-resources, an overview of which can be found here. If a journal article is not available through Goldsmiths or Senate House we can ask another library to send us a copy on an 'inter-library loan'. 

How do I find journal articles?

There information in the other pages of this guide should show you everything you need to know. The best way to start is to look in Library Search.

Please note: Online journals cannot be accessed on the dedicated catalogue terminal computers in the library.

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