Answered By: Library Help
Last Updated: Aug 18, 2022     Views: 18

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. 

UON do have physical journals that are bound together into books on the ground floor of the Learning Hub. You are welcome to browse through them or search for them in NELSON but you must only use them in the Learning Hub, they can't be borrowed or taken away. Most of our journals are available online and most people prefer to use them that way.

How do I find a physical journal on the shelf using NELSON?

You can search for physical journals in NELSON. Type in the article title if you know it, any keywords for your topic or the journal title into the search bar. 


You can then use the filters to narrow the results down

Peer-reviewed journals, on the shelf and journals selected. Apply filters button at the bottom

You will see if there is a copy at Waterside, an online copy, or both in the search results


You will then see the issues that are available in that bound collection of journals. There may be more bound journals with the same journal title but with other issues and years. They are usually collected together by year - like January to December 2001.

Collection shows February to May 2022

You will also see if we have the issue available online too, and you can access it straight from the link.


I need some help searching for resources

We have a guide available about accessing ebooks and ejournals. You can also speak to a member of library staff, we're friendly and helpful and we find books all day long. We're happy to help you access the books you're after, so don't be afraid to ask for help. We wear yellow lanyards (ribbons around our necks) so that you can spot us easily in the Learning Hub, or you can speak with us on the second floor Library Help Desk (which is near to the book shelves) during our staffed hours

You can also contact an Academic Librarian who can provide information and advice on books and e-books. You can book a tutorial with an Academic Librarian for guidance on finding resources.