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Sport: Journal Articles

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. The YouTube video below 'What is peer review?' explains this and here's further explanation of what peer-reviewed means.
  • Make sure your research involves reading many peer-reviewed academic journal articles and include a range of them in your assignment reference lists.
  • Your assignment reference lists need to highlight that you've researched a range of different sources (not just some books and websites; study peer-reviewed articles, reports, conference papers, newspapers etc.).

How to access e-resources

BU Library's how to access e-resources webpage (gaining access on-campus and off-campus)

  • Need IT help? If you experience any technical difficulties, contact BU IT services 24/7 phone line 01202 965515 or freephone 0808 196 2332 and they'll do their best to help troubleshoot.
  • You may email (attaching screenshots helps the investigation process).

How do I search for articles in a range of journals across a variety of subjects?


Use the 'EbscoHost Databases' link on this BU Library webpage.

And access more databases relevant for your course subjects by using the Resources by Subject pages (pages for Company and Industry Information, Events, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport).

Need help?

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?

How can I find research authored by BU Academics who are teaching me?

Subject Guide

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What's Boolean searching?

Google Scholar

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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 free full-text via Google Scholar do not pay for it - BU Library has sufficient resources for your course assignment research. Email with details of what you've found and we'll advise how to access it or direct you to other relevant sources that BU Library provides.
  • Do not just use Google for university, academic level research. You must go beyond Google and engage with the resources BU subscribes to for you to study.

How to read a journal article when you're pressed for time (infographic)


lameezomarjee, 2014. Infographic: how to read journal articles [online]. Wordpress. Available from: [Accessed 27 August 2021].