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This page gives information about finding the journals held by the Library.

If you need to find some journal articles on a topic read our guide to Finding journal articles.

What is a journal?

Journal is the most commonly used word used for a periodical, a magazine, a newspaper, or an annual report - in fact any publication which appears on a regular basis. Journals provide more up-to-date information than a book and describe the latest research. The Library has subscriptions to over 45,000 journals.

Journals are made up of individual articles. You will usually be given a reference to a journal article to read. For example:

Garcia-Wass, F. et al. (2000) Detection of fruit juice authenticity using pyrolysis mass spectroscopy. Food chemistry, 69, p.215-220.

This gives you the following information:

Author(s) of the article (year of publication) Title of the article. Name of the journal the article was published in, Volume number, page numbers.

To find out if we have this in the Library you will need to search the Enterprise catalogue for the title of the journal the article was published in, “Food chemistry” in this example.

How do I find out what journals you have?

Search the Enterprise catalogue to find online and print journals

Search the E-journals Finder to find online only

  • to find specific titles online
  • browse the subject lists to find titles covering your subject

Search BrowZine

  • to find specific titles online
  • browse subjects to find titles covering your subject
  • to select and browse your favourite journals and to be alerted to the latest issues

Where are the journals kept?

During the Library Refurbishment Project most printed journals have been removed from the Library, and specific articles can be requested as free inter-library loans from the British Library.  Older volumes might still be available to request from Store or Closed Access.

When you click on the title of the journal you will see details of the location of the printed volumes. Possible locations include:

Can I borrow journals?

  • Yes - most journals can be borrowed for 7 days.  
  • You can borrow 5 bound volumes or issues at once.
  • Fines are charged on journals returned late.
  • Journals may not be renewed.
  • Holds can't be placed on journals.


  • Staff at any Information Desk should be able to help you with any journal enquiry
  • Telephone: 8785 (internal) or (0118) 378 8785 (external)
  • Email:  


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