Magazines (also known as journals or serials) are a great resource for you to use both in your studies now and to keep you up-to-date in the workforce later.
We hold a selection of physical journals here in the library for you as well as a range of online resources (see databases). The latest editions of magazines are displayed on the front shelf of the library and back copies are kept in boxes at the end of the collection.
Online Magazines and Journals at Wintec Library
While we have a large collection of physical journals held in the library, one of the best ways for you to find academc resources for your research is via the online journals we subscribe to. These can be searched as via OneSearch or via separate databases (see the Finding Resources Online tab).
Advantages of using journal articles:
► If the article is peer reviewed, then it has already gone through a form of quality check, (but you should still check the information against other sources for currency, inconsistencies, and bias).
► Articles tend to be short, sharp looks at an aspect of an issue.
► Articles can address quite specific areas of concern, so will often be very focused on an issue affecting a particular population.
► Journal articles are usually reports based on actual research that has been done in your area, this is one of the reasons why they are so important to use within your own research.
Disadvantages of using articles:
► Because articles are often aimed at the academic audience, the language used can be complex, technical, and at a very high level.
► The narrow focus of an article can mean that you lose the context, or bigger picture, of the issue.
► There is a time delay in publishing information.