How do I find articles?
The University has subscriptions to services supplying full text journal articles. The best way of using these services is to from the Staffordshire University Online Library e-resources page.
You can use the Subject drop down list on this page to find the range of electronic resources in your subject area. For example, if you are a doing a marketing project you can select the Business column and then Marketing and see a summary of resources to support marketing studies.
For each e-resource you will see a summary of the contents so you can look for resources with full text articles. Follow the links to the e-resource eg Business Source Complete for marketing and then you can use key words to search for articles.
In some subject areas you may have to use an index to find articles. Indexes allow you to search for articles using key words and you can usually see a summary or abstract of the article. However to see the full text you need to find the article in the printed journal collection or the University e-journal list.
You may find the video on what are databases and why you need them, useful.
Boolean searches are explained quite nicely on this page https://rockwellschrock.com/rbs3k/boolean
Use the Library search
You can also use Library search to look for eJournal articles. Enter your search terms into the box next to the picture of the man with binoculars at https://libguides.staffs.ac.uk/libraryresources
- Type in a keyword or multiple keywords and select search e.g. Forensic Science
- On the left hand side of the screen you can see limiters which wil help you refine your search.
- Use the limiters to narrow your search by Full Text, Peer Reviewed, Subject and Publication Date
- To access the article select the article title or the link Full Text Online
- You can access the article
If you cannot find the article in the print or electronic collections you can make a request through the Library Document Delivery Service. There is more information about Document Delivery on the Library website.
You could also try Google Scholar. Using Google's search engine technology Google Scholar retrieves bibliographic details of journal articles which the Library may stock.
We have a guide showing how to set up Google Scholar so it will search for articles that Staffordshire University holds.
For more information about finding and using journals you can contact your subject support team. There is a list of subject areas and contact names on the Library subject support page.
For advice on evaluating journals and magazines you can use the page on What type of information will help me?