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Finding Journal Articles

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

Types of Articles

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

  • Peer-Reviewed Journals: journals which are of a high academic standard due to being reviewed by academics in the field
  • Periodical: a synonym for journal, but basically means they are published on a regular basis such as monthly or quarterly
  • News: some sources may contain articles which can be used in research but sources may vary in quality. Please see our News and Newspapers 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: a 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, check one or both of the following:

Journal Article 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. Examples of journal citations in a range of referencing styles are available on our Referencing site.