Ejournals, journals and newspapers

Journals

Journals are collections of articles published regularly, eg in weekly, monthly or quarterly issues. A number of issues together form a volume. Journals can also be referred to as periodicals, magazines or serials. They contain articles which are generally more up to date and have greater depth than a book. They often report the results of research and are a valuable source for current developments in the subject.

We provide electronic access to the full text of over 18,000 journals, some of which are also held in print, but many of which are available in electronic form only. We also have an extensive collection of printed, microfilm and electronic UK and international newspapers.

How can I find articles in journals on my subject?

As well as telling you which journals we subscribe to, YorSearch (the Library catalogue) can be used to search for articles inside those journals.

In YorSearch, choose the Search Everything tab. Then enter some keywords which describe the subject you are researching, or the details of the specific article you are looking for.

You can refine your search - for example by date, journal title, or author - using Advanced Search at the start of the search process, or choosing Refine My Results from the search results.

You can also search for journal articles using more specialised bibliographic databases. You will find information on the databases we provide and how to search them on our E-resources Guide.

What if the Library doesn't have the journal I need?

How can I keep up to date?

If you want to be alerted to new articles in your subject you can set up alerts on a variety of current awareness services. We provide information on some of the major services on our Keeping up to date web page.

Ejournals

If you know the name of the journal you need, you can search for it in YorSearch. Remember to search for the journal title not the article title!

Tip: use Advanced Search to search for words in the journal title, and select Journals from the Material Type drop-down menu.

You can also browse ejournals by going to the Find ejournal tab.

For more information about using ejournals, please see:

Print journals

All print journals are included on YorSearch. Click on Find in Library to check what print copies are available and where they are shelved.

Tip: use Advanced Search to search for words in the journal title, and select Journals from the Material Type drop-down menu.

Once you get to the shelf, you will see that the journals are arranged in alphabetical order by title within each Shelf Location.

The journals are usually bound, but not always; loose issues will be contained in pamphlet boxes.

Newspapers

Newspapers

Pile of newspapers

The Library has an extensive collection of printed, microfilm and electronic UK and international newspapers. You can search our newspaper collections in YorSearch.

Current newspapers are available in the Morrell Lounge on the ground floor.

If you'd like to view back issues, you can do so via Nexis UK, an online resource which gives you full text access.

Find out which newspapers we hold in our electronic collections and how to access them in our E-resources guide:

Some back runs of newspapers eg The Times, Leeds Mercury, are held on microfilm. These newspapers are kept in the Borthwick Institute Microform Room.

To access this when the Borthwick is open you need to go to the Borthwick Search Room. When the Borthwick is closed the Microform Room can be accessed through the double doors directly from the landing outside.