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Nutrition: Journals

Journals and journal articles

What are journals?

Journals are publications that contain the latest academic research and writing. Journals are also known as "serials" or "periodicals" because a they are published on a regular basis throughout the year. There are hundreds of journal titles covering all the different areas of research. An example of a journal is the British Journal of Nutrition.  Every issue of a journal contains a number of articles that are written by experts in the subject area. 

Why should I use journal articles in my assignments?

Some key reasons are:

  • They are a great source of current research information.
  • They provide detailed coverage of specialist subjects.
  • Most journal articles are peer-reviewed. This means they are assessed before publication by subject experts to ensure the validity, significance and originality of the work.
  • They can often be accessed online, using a computer or a mobile device.

Where can I search for journal articles?

A good place to start is Articles and More on Library Search. There are also specialist databases for your subject area.

Where to find journal articles