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Subject guide for The Bartlett UCL Faculty of The Built Environment

What are journal articles?

Journals are a key source of information. At the Bartlett Library, we have 200 active journal subscriptions.

  • Like books, they come in print and electronic-only formats;
  • Unlike books, they are published regularly and contain succinct research reports from many different authors. 

Most of our built environment journals are available online although some print issues are also available in the Bartlett Library.

To find e-journals search Explore using the UCL journals filter and follow the View online or SFX links. Alternatively, a full list of e-journals is available.

Where held in print, the location of the journal can be found by searching Explore. Older print issues are held in Store and can be requested. Print journals cannot be borrowed but instead can be photocopied or scanned in the library.

Key journals in your subject area

There are hundreds of relevant inter-disciplinary journals for architecture and construction, and your choice will very much depend upon the topic area you are researching at the time.

Your tutors may often refer to and publish material in these journals:

Types of periodical publications

Used to disseminate scholarly information that relates to a particular academic discipline. They are aimed at researchers and are often peer-reviewed, which means that articles are evaluated by experts in the field before publication to ensure the information in them is accurate and well presented. An example of an academic journal is The Architects' Journal

Generally printed on glossy paper (but can also be available online), they are aimed at a more general audience than academic journals and can include opinions and news items too. An example of magazine is Detail.  

Published on a daily basis, the focus of these is on news items. They can include a section on education, but are wide in scope. An example of newspaper is The Guardian