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Forestry: Journal Articles

Guide to Forestry at the University of Canterbury

What are journals?

Journals are regular publications containing articles about research in a particular scientific field. The articles have been reviewed by other scientists to ensure there are no obvious mistakes in the methodology or reasoning. You might hear them called:

  • peer-reviewed journals
  • refereed journals
  • research journals
  • scientific journals
  • scholarly journals

What are databases?

A database is a website (or occasionally a CD-ROM) where you can search for:

  • journal articles
  • conference papers
  • reports
  • books
  • patents
  • standards

Note that different databases cover:

  • different formats
  • different subject areas
  • different journals and other sources

They may contain:

  • the title, author, source etc of the articles;
  • abstracts (i.e. summaries) for the articles; and/or
  • the full-text, or a link to the full-text, of the articles.

Where can I browse journals?

Online - You can access many Forestry electronic journals online - if you're off-campus just log in with your IT username and password.

On display - When we get print copies of journal issues received in the last two weeks are displayed by the casual seating area on level 1.

On the shelves - After the first two weeks, we move journals to the main shelves, just like books. At first, issues are kept in boxes, then bound together into volumes.

In storage - Some older journals are stored in another building. You can request these through the library catalogue.

By interloan - If the library doesn't own a journal, you can still request any article by interloan and we'll ask other libraries to send us a copy for you.

How can I search for journal articles?

If you know the journal title: first try a "journal title" search in the Library catalogue. You may get more than one result, depending on whether we have the print version, the online version, or both. Check what years/volumes we have:

  • Print: see the details in red under "Library holds".
  • Electronic: see the dates in the links under "Web access".

If you know the journal title abbreviation: in the Library catalogue, search on "Journal title keywords" by typing an asterisk directly after each part of the abbreviation, e.g. Int* J* Biom*.

If you want to find articles on a specific topic, or by a specific author: you can search in one or more of the specialist databases we subscribe to.

Forestry specialist databases

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