Using journals

Journals are an important source of information for your studies. You will need to use these during your degree particularly for essays and projects. By including journal articles in your research you will be accessing the most up to date and interesting material. This in turn gives better quality to your work.

Journals, also known as periodicals or serials, are published regularly - weekly, monthly, or several times each year. They contain up-to-date information on specialised subject areas, and often include articles on the most recent research that has been carried out. We have access to them in print format, on the shelves in the Drill Hall and also in electronic versions. The electronic versions contain the same information, but can be accessed from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

Paper copies are in the Group Study Zone of the library. They are divided into subject groupings. You will find Journal of Pharmaceutical Science under Pharmacy. You may also find the journals in the Science section (such as Nature)useful. However, almost all of the journals you will need can be found on-line.

Accessing journals online

You have access to journals through both the University of Greenwich and the University of Kent. The following instructions cover how to access specific journals (e.g. British Medical Journal or Annals of Pharmacotherapy) :

  • University of Greenwich - log in to the Portal, choose the Library and Computing tab and select LibrarySearch. From here, select A-Z eJournals and eBooks, which includes a searchable list of most of the University's journals. From the drop-down list at the top, change All Content to Publications and enter the name of the journal you want to access.
  • University of Kent - use the search box on the University of Kent journals page to find out whether the University has a subscription to the journal you need.

Off-campus access

Most journals are accessible off-campus. However, you may need to go through a brief process called authentication to ensure that the journal's website recognises that you are entitled to use it. For information on Greenwich authentication, see the e-resources LibGuide. For information on Kent authentication, see the page named How to access e-resources.

Finding articles on a topic

Often you don't know exactly which journal you need, you just know you need to find some research on a particular topic. For this, you can use LibrarySearch, which allows you to search for e-books and journal articles from different sources in one place. Each university has their own LibrarySearch. For the University of Greenwich LibrarySearch, sign in to the Library and Computing tab on the Portal. The University of Kent LibrarySearch is available on-line.

For a more in-depth search, you will need to use databases - see the Databases page of this guide for more information.

Accessing specific journal articles

Sometimes you will be asked to read specific articles, or you may come across a reference to an article you'd like to read. You can use LibrarySearch to find out whether we have access to a specific article and to download it. Instructional videos for each your Universities below.

University of Greenwich:

University of Kent:

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