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:-
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!
Critically appraising your sources is a crucial element of any literature search. You need to consider is your sources are:
Ask yourself the following questions about the information you have found.
What sort of information?