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Art and Design Subject Guide

What are Journals?

In the library / publishing, a journal can refer to various newspapers, magazines, periodicals or serials. 

Examples of journals can be: 

Academic journal - Peer-reviewed academic and scholarly periodicals.
Scientific journal - an academic journal focusing on scientific subjects such as biology. 
Medical journal -  an academic journal focusing on medicine

Magazine - a generic catch-all term referring to non-academic or scholarly periodicals in general
Trade magazine -  a magazine of interest to those of a particular profession or trade
Literary magazine - a magazine devoted to literature in a broad sense
Newspaper - a periodical covering general news and current events in politics, business, sports and art.
Gazette - a type of newspaper, often a newspaper of record.
Government report or gazette - a government newspaper which publishes public or legal notices.

TU Dublin Library Services subscribes to a wide variety of all the above types of journals in order to help staff and students keep up with the most recent developments in the subjects they are studying/working in. They may be in hard-copy print format, or online via our webpages, or both. 

To search for a specific journal title on our catalogue, simply specify "Journal Title" in the drop-down arrow on the library catalogue, and type in the title you are looking for. Alternatively, you can search for a title on the E-Journal page as well. 

What are Databases?

Essentially a Database is a collection of data stored electronically, that can be searched and retrieved. In the majority of cases, the databases that TU Dublin Library subscribes to allow access to peer-reviewed journal articles. Many also allow access to conference proceedings, newspaper articles, books reviews, journal archives, music, and much more. 

The TU Dublin Library Database A-Z lists all the different databases available to TU Dublin staff and students. They can be accessed by clicking the links in the list. 

How to Search for Journal Articles

Instructions for How to Search for Journal Articles :

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