The Library provides access to thousands of journals with the majority available online through the library website.
Why Use Journals?
• To get a wide range of references for your research assignments
• To keep-up-to-date with the latest developments in your subject
• To stay at the top on your subject
• To read articles written or recommended by your tutors
When an article is Peer-Reviewed, the editors of the journal send it to scholars in the relevant field; e.g., an article about Engineering would go to other engineers. These scholars provide feedback about the quality of research and presentation of findings, and more. This ensures that the articles that are published in academic journals have scholastic merit and contribute to the overall research in that field.
A Refereed Article is also referred to other scholars in the field. However, here, the reviews are blind. The academics conducting the review do not know the name of the author. In addition, it is often the case that the reviewers' names are not made known to the author. This ensures that the work is judged solely on its own merit rather than the author's reputation. The manuscript must be reviewed by at least two other people.
Search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
As long as you go via library.gmit.ie and login in with your library PIN all journals will be available to you both on and off campus. Please note that you will not get full text access if you go via another route eg straight to the journal website or Google.
Finding a journal title is different to finding a journal article.
Each journal title has a number of individual journal articles in each issue.
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You need to be aware of the following terms and definitions with regard to journal content:
Article - The main type of journal content
E-Journal - Published online or available through a database
Full Text - The entire text of the article is available to you online
Citation – Access to the author, title, publication details information
Abstract - A summary of the article
Bibliographic database - Where information about print and electronic journals are generally found
Peer Reviewed - Experts review every article before publication to ensure the content is correct
Not all articles are available in electronic format (even when the library has access to the electronic journal). This could be due to various reasons:
• Some volumes of a journal might not be included in the library license, or are simply not available in electronic format, in this case check the availability of the journal in printed format.
• Publishers often set an embargo period (6-12 months) for their journals. During this time new articles are not available electronically so cannot be accessed.
• Sometimes there are temporary breaks in the service, try again later.
If the article you are looking for does not appear to read as full text, click on the "Link to full text" button. This is a short cut, which will search to see if the full text version exists in a either electronically in another resource or in print in the library.
If the article you require is not available in full text either electronically or in print you can request it through our Inter-Library Loans service. This service provides access to journal articles which are held at other libraries in the Ireland and overseas.