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9.1 Types of journals

Before we start searching for journal articles, it is helpful to know what they are.

  • Journals have a number of different types and names. These include magazines, serials, periodicals, newspapers, bulletins and proceedings. Basically, they are anything that is published regularly under the same title, for example, Sydney Morning Herald or Journal of Philosophy.
  • An article is one of a number of papers published in an issue of a journal. So an article on alcohol and violence published in the Sydney Morning Herald is a journal or newspaper article. There are lots of different articles in journals.
  • Articles in journals can range from articles on popular or topical issues through to in-depth scholarly works.

It is important to use journal articles because they can contain the most current research and information on your topic. Sometimes this material is not published in books at all! Tips on how to find scholarly journals are contained in the module Scholarly material, reference styles and academic honesty.

This is what a reference, or citation, for a journal article can look like:

Place your cursor on each part of the reference to see what it is.

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