Journal articles are written by researchers or scholars who work in a professional or in an academic field.
An editorial board evaluates articles submitted. Subject specialists decide whether or not the article adds valuable, important or new information to the subject and whether or not the researchs has been conducted correctly, academically and in an ethical or moral way. Articles thus reviewed or examined are called ‘peer reviewed’.
Journal articles quote sources to substantiate information or statements and also to have an academic reading list of sources consulted for writing the article.
Consult journal articles:
Boolean operators are used to string keywords. These operators are AND,OR and NOT.
To do phrase searching, you enclose terms to be searched as a phrase in quotation marks. This holds the terms together as you have keyed them in, e.g. “South Africa”, “affirmative action”, “African National Congress”.
This is allows you to search the “root” form of a word with all its different endings – it broadens your search, e.g. employ* will retrieve employ, employment, employee, employer, employees, employers, etc.
The wildcard is represented by a question mark (?). Enter your search terms and replace each unknown character with a ?, e.g. globali?ation. It then searches for globalisation and globalization, wom?n (women and woman)
If the article you are looking for is in a journal, magazine or newspaper the library does not subscribe to in print or in electronic format, consult the catalogue to find out if the journal, magazine or newspaper is kept in another UJ library. If it is, please complete a manual request for an inter-campus loan.
If no library in the UJ family subscribes to it, postgraduate students and staff members may request the article on Inter-library loans. This request can be done manually or electronically.