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Using Library Search

A guide to using Library Search at the University of Essex

How to find Journal Articles

If you are looking for a specific journal article (for example, one which is on your reading list or has been recommended by your lecturer/supervisor), it is usually best to search for the name of the journal in which it was published in Library Search, rather than the tile of the article itself. For example, if you wanted to read the following article:

Marques, Diana. "Power and the Denial of Femininity in Game of Thrones." Canadian Review of American Studies 49, no. 1 (Spring 2019): 46-65.You would need to search for Canadian Review of American StudiesScreenshot - journal searchFrom the results list, you can then click on the E-journal version.

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From the next page, choose the publisher which covers the year in which the article was published (in this case, 2019). For this example there is only one publisher option - Project Muse - but for some journals there may be several to choose from.

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Log in using your University of Essex email address and password. This will take you to the journal homepage, on which you will normally find a list of past volumes/issues (sometimes this will be called a "Table of Contents, as is the case for the journal above, but sometimes it may be called an "Archive"). From here, you can click through to the relevant volume/issue and download the article you need.

For more help with accessing the full text of a particular article, watch our Finding the Full Text of an Article video.

If you want to search for all articles on a topic, rather than a specific one, enter your keywords into the Library Search box. You can then narrow your results to just include journal articles using the Articles filter on the left-hand side.

Depending what topic you're researching, you may get better and more relevant results for your searches if you use one of our subject-specific databases. You can use our subject guides to check which databases are available in your subject area.