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Finding Journal Articles

Interpreting citations, finding peer-reviewed journal articles and locating relevant guides to assist in locating journal articles.

Differences in Terminology

‚ÄčThe following list provides some basic explanations of the different terminology used for journal articles:

  • Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journals: journals which are of a high academic standard due to being reviewed by academics in the field (may also be referred to as academic journals)
  • Periodical: a synonym for journal, but basically means they are published on a regular basis such as monthly
  • News: some sources may contain articles which can be used in research but sources may vary in quality. Please see our Finding News library guide.
  • Academic Journals: basically the same as peer-reviewed journals
  • Reviews: reviews of scholarly resources are often included in academic journals but they are not in themselves academic
  • Magazines: journal of sorts but not necessarily peer-reviewed so be careful of including them as an academic source.


A Google search may yield search results that appear to be academic but to be certain of the quality of the journal, To confirm whether or not a journal is authoritative and academic, see if it is listed Ulrich's Global Serial Directory 

Identifying Journal Citations

Journal citations are usually able to be identified by having: 

  • Two titles (one for the article and one for the journal)
  • Volume, Issue and Page Numbers.

In some cases, these elements may also appear for chapters in books or conference proceedings.


Here is the format of a journal-article citation in some of the most frequently-used styles as it appears in the bibliography/reference list:

APA:                   Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of article. Name of publication, Volume(Issue), pp-pp. 

Harvard:          Author Year of publication, 'Title of article', Name of Publication, Volume, Issue, Page numbers.

Chicago:           Author. “Title of article.” Title of Journal volume number, issue number (year): page numbers of article

Vancouver:     Author. Title of article. Title of Journal. Date of publication;Volume(Issue):Page numbers.

MLA:                 Author . "Title of  Article". Journal Name  volume number. Issue number  (Year of publication):  page number(s).Print.

AGLC:               Author, ‘Article Title’ (Year) Volume Journal Title Page Reference

This information was obtained from re:cite. Note that articles with multiple authors will be cited slightly differently. Variations may also occur if you have multiple publications by the same author in your reference list.

re:cite is a referencing tool which provides examples of citations for both those within the document and in the reference list including detailed instructions for a variety of reference types and styles. Referencing styles included are APA, Harvard, Vancouver, Chicago, MLA, AGLC and Cambridge (art history). General style notes are also available.