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FEBE- Faculty Libguide: Finding Journal Articles

Libguide supporting all the Departments in the Faculty

What is a Journal

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:

  • For scholarly or academic information
  • For subject specific articles in your field of study
  • For subject specific articles on a topic (The topic can be large or very specific dealing with a small aspect or part of a topic.)
  • For new research
  • For research only published in journals
  • For criticism or comparison of ideas, thoughts, etc.

Finding Articles via UJoogle

Step 1: Go to Library Webpage 

Step 2: Type in your topic on the 'UJoogle search box'

Step 3: Click on Search button

Search Techniques

Boolean Operators:

Boolean operators are used to string keywords. These operators are AND,OR and NOT.

Phrase Searching:

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)

Intercampus and Interlibrary loans

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.


Finding Articles via Library Catalogue

(Please note follow this step only if you know the title of the journal you looking for)

Step 1: Go to the Library Webpage 

Step 2: Click on UJ Library Catalogue under 'Library Resources' 

Step 3: Click on A-Z Journal List 

Step 4: Choose a Database e.g. Academic Search Complete (EbscoHost)

Step 5: Sign in with your Password

Put your p/w here