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Posts tagged "Journal Search"


You can find useful academic research articles for TESOL in the ELT Journal


Watch this very quick screencast to show you how to log in and read the ELT Journal online from anywhere in the world!

If you use Journal Search to save alerts or searches we recommend that you log in and record them elsewhere until Discover is launched as anything you have saved will not be transferred over.


Exciting development for University Library Services at the University of Sunderland:

At the end of July we will be launching Discover as a replacement for Journal Search.  This is a key service enhancement for the new academic year, facilitating searching and linking of all of our current resources.  The current Athens authentication system will cease to exist.

If you are engaged in or planning any research during July please be reassured that all of our online resources will remain available during this time but it may be advisable to plan any literature searching before or after the first week in August when our cross-searching capability will be unavailable due to the transition to the new system.

* this is not the official Discover logo ;) but an opportunity for me to use tagxedo to make ‘Discover’ into an elephant.


I have organised 2 further sessions on Thursday 5th April at 10am and 2pm.  If you have already registered interest in the session I have emailed you with details of how to join and to help you with your Athens Account if you stated you did not know it.

If you have not registered interest but would still like to join one of the sessions it is not too late. Click here to read the joining instructions.

If you need to find information and resources for your assignments but are having difficulty or you’re not sure where to start then sign up for one of the virtual library sessions.

Finding Resources for Your Assignments

Dates: Tuesday 3rd April 09:30am or 3:00pm (Fully booked)
Wednesday 4th April 09:30 or 3:00pm (Fully booked)

Duration: 1hr 30mins (approx)

I’ll be using web conferencing software AnyMeeting to host this session. It’s really easy to use and you don’t need to download any additional software although you may want to ensure your current java is uptodate.  You will need headphones and if you wish to speak to me, a microphone, however a mic is not necessary - there is a chat facility which you can use.

Who is this session for:
Distance Learners who are either new to using University library services or who have questions about our online resources although everyone who studies off campus is welcome.

About this session:
This session will cover:

  • an introduction to the types of information that we have available electronically
  • an explanation of Athens Accounts & how to use them
  • finding and downloading full text articles using Journal Search
  • finding and accessing e-books using the Library Catalogue
  • Guidance on finding other types of information such as newspapers.

The four sessions next week are now fully booked.

So I’ve already tried to look at something on Wikipedia because I’d forgot there was a Blackout. How many of you have done the same?

In case you’re unaware Wikipedia are having a blackout and have disabled their English Language sites today to protest US legislation SOPA and PIPA which are acts to stop online piracy and protect intellectual property. There is a lot of concern that these acts will restrict free speech and access to information on the internet.

You can read the statement about why they are taking this action here

In doing a tumblr and twitter search on Wikipedia there are quite a few posts & tweets about the inconvenience of the blackout due to needing it for assignments, school & college reports etc.

I’m sure most people use Wikipedia at some point (hopefully with a wary and discerning eye) and so I thought I’d take the opportunity to encourage you to use Journal Search and the Library Catalogue.

Journal Search: Search and access full text articles, newspapers, company reports, conference proceedings and more…

Library Catalogue: Search and access books and ebooks.

You might find the following tagged posts useful:

Posts about Ebooks
Posts about Journal Articles
Posts about Free Web Resources

Along with searching all of our subscriptions, Journal Search enables you to search a number of open access resources.

The ‘Open to all’ quick set as featured above allows you to search 4 open access resources from within Journal Search.
Funded and maintained by Cornell University arXiv provides access to over 700,000 e-prints in the fields of physics, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics.

Directory of Open Access Journals
"The aim of the Directory of Open Access Journals is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content."

Free Medical Journals
The Free Medical Journals Site is dedicated to the promotion of free access to medical journals over the Internet.

PubMed was developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI),in conjunction with publishers of biomedical literature as a search tool for accessing literature citations and linking to full-text journals at web sites of participating publishers.

So you’ve looked on Journal Search for an article and it says there’s no full text access. Don’t despair - there’s still hope.  Check out the example below to find out what you can do.

Tip: click on the images to see them in better quality.

Imagine we are looking for  the following article:

Rachel Cooper “Objective measures of physical capability and subsequent health: a systematic review” Age Ageing (2011) 40(1): 14-23

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A growing number of Journals or journal articles are available open access which means you don’t need a subscription to view or download it.

You can use Journal Search to search the Directory of Open Access Journals in the following way:

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