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How to find journal articles

You may think you can get all the information you need from textbooks and websites, but it's a good idea to include journal articles in your research too. Academic journals are an excellent source of scholarly information on your topic. Here are a few tips for finding journal articles:-

  • Use the Articles & more search in iFind, especially if you know the name of the article you want
  • You'll find more relevant results if you search specialist databases like Ebsco's Business Source Complete and the ProQuest Business Collection (use the guides below to help)
  • Use the abstract (a summary of the article) to help you decide if an article is relevant for you
  • Once you've found an article you need, print it out or save it to your device so you can read it whenever you like and make notes​

Academic journals are made up of different articles. Journals contain up-to-date information for your subject. They are publications which are produced regularly on a continuing basis (usually weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually).

Journals at Swansea University normally cover academic topics and we pay for you to have access to 1000s of journal titles across all subject areas. Most are available online and some are available in print at the library too. Use the Books & more search on iFind to look up a journal title and find out what kind of access we have, or check the Articles & more search to see if we have online access to a specific article.

Most databases have features to help you stay organised. Check the Help pages on each database for more information, but look for options to export your citations to EndNote or similar reference management tools and also to email articles to yourself.

Also check to see if you can add articles to a folder or a list as you look through your results. This is good if you want to choose some articles to look at in more detail later. Once you finished looking through your results, you can usually go to your folder and email your chosen articles to yourself or someone else. Make sure you do this before you exit the database so that you don't lose the information you've saved!


How to improve your search results

  • Find the keywords. Don’t type in a long sentence. For example, if your search topic is “the marketing strategy of Amazon” you need to pick out the key ideas marketing strategy and Amazon and search for those.
  • Are there synonyms or related terms (broader or more specific) that might be relevant? For example, promotion or advertising; online retailers or internet stores; social media or social networks.
  • You can use a truncation symbol (usually an asterisk *) to find different endings to your keyword. For example, searching for strateg* would find strategy, strategic, strategically, etc.
  • You can find alternative terms simultaneously by linking them with or; for example, you could search for adolescent or teenager.
  • If you get too many results try searching just the title rather than the full record. You should get fewer, more relevant results.
  • Use quotation marks if you want your search terms to appear as a phrase. For example, “competitive advantage”.
  • Use the refinement options and the search within box to make your search more specific.

Evaluating your search results

Critically appraising your sources is a crucial element of any literature search.  You need to consider is your sources are:

  • reliable
  • academic enough
  • Free from bias

Ask yourself the following questions about the information you have found.


  • Who is the author or organisation responsible for the information?
  • Are they qualified to write on this topic?


  • Is the information out of date?
  • Does it matter?

What sort of information?

  • Is it opinion or fact?
  • Is it reliable and independent?
  • Is it academic/research-focussed or commercial?

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