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:
A database is a website (or occasionally a CD-ROM) where you can search for:
Note that different databases cover:
They may contain:
Online - You can access many Engineering 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 Engineering 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.
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:
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.