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?
Reference books include dictionaries, encyclopaedias, directories, etc. An encyclopaedia is a reference work containing articles on various topics (often arranged in alphabetical order) dealing with the entire range of human knowledge or with some particular specialty.
These are shelved at the end of the book sequence, and can be consulted in the library only.
Geomatics reference books held at the Main Library and have an R prefix.
You may also access our electronic reference collection to help you find information on a particular topic.