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

Why are journals important?

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.


Search on the Library website or specific databases to find journal articles on a particular topic.  

Electronic Journals

Use the Electronic Journals to check whether the full text of a journal is available electronically - this is useful if you are looking for a specific article.  N.B. Search for the journal title rather than the article title.


Search e-journals