Journals, also known as periodicals or serials, are regularly issued publications, ranging from popular magazines such as The Bookseller to research-based academic journals such as The Journal of Commonwealth Literature. When journals are discussed in relation to your studies the focus is usually on academic journals, which
- contain critical pieces focusing on different aspects of your subject - for example a particular author, or piece of work, or theme.
- are often peer-reviewed - this means that experts in the subject area will have reviewed each article before it is published, which increases the quality and reliability of the articles.
Some of our journals are available in print format at FCH Library, some are available only electronically, and others are available in both formats.
Using databases to find journal articles
The library subscribes to a number of online databases which you can use to find journal articles on a particular topic. Online databases either provide bibliographic details to help you to locate relevant journal articles (often including a short summary of each article), or provide direct online access to the full text of the article you want. Many online databases contain a mixture of bibliographic details and full text.
The Discovery Service is the best place to start. It allows you to search across the majority of our resources including some of the databases listed below and the library catalogue at the same time.
Humanities International Complete covers all aspects of the humanities, including literature, history, linguistics, philosophy and theology. It provides the full text of more than 1,200 journals from around the world, including some unique full text content not found in other databases. In addition the database contains references to more than 2,300 journals (more than 2.9 million records in total).
JSTOR provides access to the archives of high quality academic journals. This collection gives access to 120 high quality journals covering a wide range of disciplines within the Humanities including history, literature, philosophy and religion. The date range differs for each title but coverage on some journals include issues from the 1800s. A full title list is available here.
ISI Web of Knowledge provides references to the world's leading scholarly information across the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. It is an index: it contains mainly bibliographic information with some abstracts, but the Find It button links to the full text where available through the University's subscriptions. It is a key resources for dissertations and other research and it covers journals not indexed in the databases mentioned above.
We have a collection of Creative Writing journals available in print form. These contain new poetry and prose as well as reviews.
Open Access journals
An increasing number of academic journals are being made freely available to everyone online. Some relevant free titles for English Literature are listed below:
CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture - a peer-reviewed quarterly of scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.
Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net - a peer-reviewed e-journal focusing on British Nineteenth Century Literature.
Early Modern Literary Studies - a peer-reviewed journal containing articles which examine English literature, literary culture, and language during the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries.
Postgraduate English - a peer-reviewed journal covering all aspects of English, including scholarly articles, reviews and reflections on postgraduate teaching.
If you would like further help or training in using the journals resources please contact Rachel Reid, Subject Librarian for Humanities, or use the Ask the Library link on the left of every library webpage.
Other English Literature resources
For information about other resources to support your studies in English Literature, see the main English Literature resources page.