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Skills Team Workshops

Finding quality journal articles for postgraduates

About this workshop

Workshop description

The Library subscribes to a wide range of databases which you can use to find quality journal articles. The databases available via the Library spread across a number of subject disciplines and this session will focus on multidisciplinary as well as subject-specific resources.

The workshop will provide an opportunity to develop the search techniques you will need to be able to perform your searches effectively, providing the necessary skills to find quality journal articles.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify key search terms by using appropriate keywords and concepts
  • Apply different search techniques, e.g. phrase searching, Boolean operators, truncation, and wildcards
  • Be able to identify the most appropriate databases for your subject discipline
  • Conduct an advanced search for journal articles in one or more databases
  • Limit and filter searches accordingly to narrow or broaden results
  • Sort and manipulate the results set and subsequently save, export or print relevant results

Who this workshop is for

Ideal for postgraduate students who need to find quality journal articles. Students from across all disciplines will benefit from attending this workshop.


This workshop is run by an Academic & Library Specialist from the Brynmor Jones Library Skills Team.

Workshop format & availability

Video workshop

This workshop is available as a YouTube video series. You can watch it online at any time!

Relevant SkillsGuides

More information on this topic can be found on the following SkillsGuides:

Finding books and journals Planning a search strategy Databases