Finding Journal Articles
When searching for journal articles, break down your topic into keywords and phrases and enter them on different lines
You can use various search techniques to add in extra terms, narrow results down and get more useful results:
If your search results are disappointing, try to think of different ways of expressing your topic, for example:
- For attitudes try opinions or views.
- For "pharmacist prescribing" try "non medical prescribing".
- Add the wildcard symbol * to the root of a word to find all words beginning with the letters in front of it (e.g. attitude* would find attitude and attitudes at the same time).
- Check for the subject terms used to describe the article and search on those terms. (find the subject terms by clicking on the article title)
To find out more about planning a search, creating search strategies and using different search techniques, explore our search techniques guide.
Narrowing Down Your Search
You can use the options on the left of the screen under Refine Results to narrow down your search. You may wish to slide across the bar under Publication Date to limit your results to those from a particular time period.
Further down this section you may find options to narrow your search by:
- source (type of material)
Getting the Full Text
If we have the full text article as part of another subscription, then you will be redirected to it. If we do not have the article, you will be told Full Text Not Available.
If you are a student in the Faculty of Health and Social Care, you can register for a free account on the NHS Knowledge Network. This will give you access to some additional electronic journals which may include the one for which you are looking.
If the article you require is not available there, you may be able to request a copy through our inter-library loan service.