Academic journal articles are often the "gold standard" for academic research. Academic journal articles are often authored by scholars active in a particular field, they provide a close look at a particular topic, and often provide data to support their findings. If you find a good article that supports your research, you can use the bibliography at the end of the paper to locate further research. You find these articles in our databases which index hundreds of thousands journal articles, magazine articles, news articles, and reports. The A - Z List of Databases that the Library Learning Commons subscribes to can be searched by database name, subject, and type.
Librarian's Tip: Make use of article databases as sources for quality information!
Use a periodical database to find articles from magazines, journals, and newspapers. Not sure how a database works? The box to your right offers some general tips that apply to most library databases. A complete, alphabetical listing of Bristol's databases provides a description of each and the subject matter covered. Below is a selection of databases which are useful for general academic research.
Multi-disciplinary database containing mostly peer-reviewed, scholarly articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. Over 8,000 academic journal titles are included with extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and many other subjects. Also includes hundreds of podcasts and transcripts from NPR, CNN, and CBC, as well as full text New York Times content back to 1995. Coverage 1964 – present.
Designed for academic institutions, this database is a leading resource for scholarly research. It supports high-level research in the key areas of academic study by providing journals, periodicals, reports, books and more.
What is a Periodical?
When we talk about library research resources, we often talk in terms of BOOKS and PERIODICALS. You know what a book is, but you may not know, exactly, what a periodical is. In the simplest terms, a periodical is something that is published PERIODICALLY (lol); something that is published on a regular basis. This includes magazines (monthly like Sports illustrated, or weekly, like People), newspapers (usually daily), and journals (usually quarterly, bi-annually, or annually). The library has access to all types of periodicals through our DATABASES, and you can find them at our A-Z List of Databases. Once in the list, you can search for databases by name, subject, or type of resource you are looking for.