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Why use journals for university level research?
Print and electronic journals are an important source of specialist information:
* Journals are published daily, weekly, monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly, so material is up to date.
* Journals are usually the first place that academic research is published.
* Many journals are peer-reviewed, meaning articles have been critically reviewed by academic experts in the field before publication. Further explanation of what peer-reviewed means.
How do I search for articles in a range of journals across a variety of subjects?
Answer: Use mySearch entering various keyword combinations.
We recommend using the mySearch Advanced Search (remember to select the full-text filter when using this search tool to ensure that the results you get will provide full-text access).
Need help using mySearch? Options:
- For guidance to develop and improve your research skills see our Advanced Searching Guide;
- Ask at a Library Help Zone or using our instant messaging online chat service;
- Contact your Library Subject Team and request some advice.
How do I search for an article in a specific journal or trade magazine? How do I check which journal titles and trade magazines BU subscribes to?
Accessing Resources from Off-campus
How may I find research authored by BU Academics who are teaching me?
Sport and Exercise Science journal articles, conference papers and news
We recommend the following resources on the alphabetical list (when you click on the link above):
- Academic Search Ultimate - Science; social science; education; psychology; language and linguistics; arts and literature
- APA PsycARTICLES - Psychology
- ScienceDirect - Health, science and medicine
Co-Kinetic Journal (previously SportEx Dynamics & SportEx Medicine Journals)
You may use Google Scholar to broadly search for academic literature on the Internet across many disciplines and sources.
- If the source is not available full-text via Google Scholar, check if it's available via BU's mySearch (remember to select the 'full-text' filter).
- Do not just use Google for your academic level research. You must go beyond Google and engage with the resources BU subscribes to for you to study.
What is Boolean searching?