What is a journal?
A journal is like an academic magazine where scholars have written articles about their research.
What is the difference between a book and a journal article?
A book is a longer, and a usually more comprehensive text on a subject.
Journal articles are shorter, and more specific. They are published more frequently and so have more up-to-date information than books do.
Why use journals?
One way to find journal articles is by using databases.
The recommended databases are:
If you would like to explore other databases, click here to see the full A-Z list of the databases available via UCT Libraries.
...are the print journals?
Undergraduates are unfortunately not allowed to take print journals out on loan. You may use the journal in the library for as long as you like, and the library does offer photocopying facilities.
This slide show demonstrates how to find a specific journal article in UCT Libraries.
Click here to go directly to the Journal Portal.