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  • The Service Update page on our website has all the latest information about our services and any changes to normal operations, including library support for those self-isolating.
  • The Learning Hub is open from 8am -10pm daily and you can go to the shelves to collect any books you need as long as you can wear a mask. If you do not feel able to come into the Learning Hub for any reason then we have a click and collect service for books, which enables you, or a nominated person, to collect the items from campus.  
  • If you need to return items to us, you can either drop them into the book return bin in the Visitor Centre next door to McColls, or any book return bin throughout the Learning Hub. If you are off-site and not planning to come back for any reason, or have completed your course and you still have books from the library then email library.returns@northampton.ac.uk and we will advise you on how to get the books back to us.  
  • E-Books and e-journals – and remember, around 80% of our resources are available online as e-books, e-journals or online videos, so check on NELSON to see what we hold electronically.   
  • Please do not stress about your library account or loans. If you need anything at all please just get in touch at libraryhelp@northampton.ac.uk. We are a friendly and helpful bunch  😊😊😊

Answered By: Library Help
Last Updated: Aug 27, 2020     Views: 4

A journal is an academic magazine covering a particular subject. They are really useful as they tend to cover a topic in depth, and collect articles, essays and pieces written by people who are studying or working in a particular area of study.

For example, the Games and Culture journal contains articles looking at digital gaming systems, game development companies, the impact of gaming on culture and education, and economic and political perspectives. There are journals on a really wide variety of subjects, some can be quite specific and focused, take the following journal for example; Speech and Context: International Journal of Linguistics, Semiotics and Literary Science.

Journals provide an insight into these specialist subjects, and are a great way to learn about some of the academic work taking place in a really wide variety of subjects. You'll be surprised how many different journals there are! You can browse the journals on NELSON, we provide students with access to many journals electronically, meaning you can browse through the thousands of different journals and articles and download the ones that are relevant to you. We also have a collection of print journals (printed out, like a magazine). These can be found on the ground floor of the Learning Hub. Our newest arrivals are placed on display in the Hide (located on the fourth floor of the Learning Hub). These newest journals will make their way down to the journal collection on the ground floor after a few weeks.

If you had a question about a journal, or if you are trying to find one that is relevant to the subjects you are studying, you can contact a Librarian who will be happy to help! You can email librarians@northampton.ac.uk, or you can browse our help page to find support tailored to your module.