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Finding journal articles in electronic and print journals

Essential tools

Find it!

Find it! e-journals list
This allows you to search for a specific e-journal, or look for a list of e-journal titles by subject.
Find it! article finder
This should be used if you already have a reference to a specific journal article. If it's not available electronically, you will be able to link through to the Library catalogue to check if we have a print copy.
Find it! helpsheet
A guide to using the Find it! service. The above link is to the web (HTML) version: there is also a PDF version (44k, PDF help) you can download and print.
Find it! FAQ
Frequently asked questions about the Find it! service, including troubleshooting tips.

Library Catalogue

Library catalogue
The catalogue lists all of our print journal holdings, along with many of our e-journals. If you use More search options, you can search only journals by choosing Journals Catalogue from the Collection drop down list. Alternatively, you can refine your search by limiting it to the Journals Catalogue after your initial search results appear. Also, remember that if you want to search for articles on a given subject you need to use Library Search or one of the subject databases: the catalogue only lets you search for the journal title, not the articles in it. If you already have a full reference for an article, you may find it quicker to use the Find it! article finder as that will search our electronic holdings first, and allow you to transfer the search to the catalogue if no electronic version can be found.

Searching for articles by keyword in a range of journals

If you want to search for relevant articles on a particular subject, it's best to search in one or more of the databases in your subject area:

  • If you want to search multiple databases at once and see combined results, use Library Search. This allows you to search from a single consistent interface, so you don't need to learn how to use each individual database. Library Search also searches the Library catalogue so you will also see our print holdings listed. For most people this will be the best starting point.
  • Alternatively, if you don't know the name of any full-text journal services, you could use our listings of Resources by subject. These list all of the relevant resources for your subject area, including abstracting and indexing services, plus full-text electronic journal services.
  • If you already know the name of a full-text journal service that you want to use - for example, Emerald - you'll find these all listed alphabetically in the list of Databases by Title. This will give you a list of article references, often with direct links to the full text via our Find it! service.
  • We provide additional help on searching for articles using subject databases:
  • If you just want to see our print journal holdings, including microfilm, you can also search for a specific journal title via the Library catalogue.

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Logging in to access e-journals

E-journals are provided via a wide variety of publishers and services, and (unfortunately) they have a variety of methods of controlling access. We (along with other educational institutions and publishers) have been working hard to try to simplify this, and thanks to changes introduced in Summer 2013 this should be a lot more streamlined than in the past:

  • The good news is that the vast majority of our e-journals services use a system which lets you use your MMU network ID and password to log in, and once you are logged into one resource you should be logged in to most of them until you close your browser.
  • As many of our subject databases also use the same system for logging in, you may already be logged in by the time you come to access a particular article, in which case you shouldn't have to log in again.
  • There are some services which don't use the main system, and which use their own usernames and passwords. These are chiefly small publishers who publish only a few journals, and whose electronic access is primarily aimed at personal subscribers. We make the login details for these services available via the website when you follow a link to one of the services concerned. You will have to log in using your MMU network ID and password in order to see the login information: just note down the login details for the service and link through to it.
  • When accessing an e-journal via the Find it! service, you should see a note telling you if the service uses the main system, or if it uses its own password (in which case you'll see a link to the password information).
  • A small number of services are only available on-campus - this is due to restrictions imposed by the publishers.
  • If you encounter problems accessing any of our services, please contact your local library helpdesk.

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