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Your first stop for research: a guide to resources for Psychology

Why Are Journals Important?

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Journals" by the.Firebottle is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Journals are regular scholarly publications which contain articles on specific subjects.

They are important in academic research for a number of reasons:

  • they are the main forum by which research is published,
  • they can explore a narrow topic in depth,
  • they contain current or recent research findings,
  • they are often peer-reviewed so that research findings are checked by other subject experts.

You can find relevant journal articles for your assignment by searching the academic databases the Library subscribes to. The advantage of using academic databases rather than Google or Google Scholar is that you can be certain that the articles you are finding are of a sufficient, academic quality and are from a reliable source. See the Databases section for a listing of the most useful databases for Psychology students.


BrowZine is another way to search the library's journal collections. If you prefer getting information in a visual format, you may want to start here.

You can create a bookshelf of your favourite journal titles and also a collection of your most useful articles. You can search by journal title or use the subject headings to browse by subject. 

Electronic Journals A-Z

The Electronic journals search allows you to search the library's collection of e-journals. Use this search if you want to see if we have access to a particular journal electronically by searching for the title of the journal (not the article).

Finding information for your assignment tutorial

Finding information for your assignment tutorial