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A Subject Guide for Multi-Disciplinary Research


The majority of journals are available electronically and they can found by searching UCL Explore.

However you will find that many journals are still only available in print, particularly volumes before 1997. Print Journals (also referred to as periodicals) are usually Reference only, which means they cannot be borrowed; recent issues are available on the open shelves while older volumes are kept in our STORE and need to be ordered in advance via our Stores Service.

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 Reference & User Services Quarterly.

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 the Times Educational Supplement.  

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

Usually published by a special group, learned society or professional organisation and aimed at people working in a specific industry. An example of trade publication is Teach Primary.