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Environmental and Geographical Science Library Guide: Journals & Articles

How to find information - a library guide for Environmental and Geographical Science students at UCT.

Journal FAQ's


What is a journal?

A journal is like an academic magazine where scholars have written their research report as an articles.


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?

  • They are usually more up to date than books.
  • As most of them have been checked by other academics (i.e. peer reviewed), they are more reliable than general web articles and newspaper articles.
  • They are shorter to read than books.

Some Databases for Environmental and Geographical Sciences

Journals at UCT Libraries

UCT Libraries we have both print and electronic journals.

To find print journals, use Primo and scroll down to the detailed information

Where to find physical journals

  • Current journal issues displayed in short shelves at The Research Wing, Jagger Level 6, main library
  • Journals published from 1965 - prior to current issues are located at Level 2, Immelman (Basement), in compact shelves
  • Journals published before 1965 are stored in remote location. If you need such journal, request at the loans desk

To find electronic journals, use the Journal Search in Primo. Remember to search for the journal title, and not the article title.

Accredited Journals Lists

Below are links to the Department of Higher Education accredited journals lists.