The University of Huddersfield has access to a wide range of journals.
This guide introduces journals and journal articles, explains how you can find them, and why you might use them in your assignments.
To read online you will usually only require an up-to-date web browser.
Most articles can also be downloaded in PDF format onto your computer or mobile device to read offline. To do this you will usually require a PDF reader on your device. University computers have the required software.
A scholarly, academic or scientific journal contains the findings of recent research in the field, and is usually used aimed at an academic audience. It is particularly useful for informing academic essays and literature reviews.
Articles in a scholarly peer-reviewed or refereed journal have been independently assessed by other experts in the field before publication. This is a quality-control procedure which means experts have judged them to contain both scientifically valid and novel findings.
A trade journal or magazine contains current news and trends in a particular industry, and is usually written for people working in the field. It is a useful way to keep up with current industry practices.