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ORC: Journal Articles

Subject guide for Optoelectronics Research Centre

Why use Journals

Why use journals? The articles are more up-to-date than books, they offer detail and insight into research, and the peer-reviewed articles are considered more reliable.

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Understanding An Article Reference

A correctly formatted reference will tell you exactly where to find the full article:

DING, Y., JACOB, E. K., ZHIXIONG, Z., FOO, S., ERJIA, Y., GEORGE, N. L. and LIJIANG, G. (2009) Perspectives on social tagging, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 60 (12), 2388-2401.

This article was written by Y Ding & colleagues, and the article's title is "Perspectives on social tagging". It was published in 2009 in the journal called "Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology". It was published in volume 60, issue 12, and the article ran from page 2388 to 2401.

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How Do I Know If You Have It?

Found a good article? Now you need to know whether you can get the full text.

If you've run a database search, the article's record may have a "Full Text" or "PDF" link - that's great: click to get the full text. If not, look out for the Full Text Finder icon - click this to find out if we have access to the journal. 

If you found the article another way, you can check our holdings using the title of the journal to see if we have a print copy in our holdings.  You can use Library Search to do this.  We also have an advanced guide to help you find out more on our Library Search help page

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