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Library Essentials

A guide to help you with the basics of using your University Library.

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When researchers test out theories or undertake research, or discuss and review existing research, they will often publish their findings as a journal article in an academic journal, which is like a magazine for academic research. Journal articles can be more up-to-date than books as they are published more quickly but they are best used when you already have a good understanding of your topic and want to read more widely. Articles can be available in print or electronic, although most of the journals in our collections are now available electronically.