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Music: Journal articles & databases

Why Use Journals?

  • Articles are more up-to-date than books
  • They offer greater detail and insight into research
  • Peer-reviewed articles are considered more reliable

Understanding an Article Reference

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

Deeming, Helen ‘The sources and origin of the Agincourt Carol’, Early Music 35 (2007), 23-38.

This article was written by Helen Deeming, and the article's title is "The sources and origin of the Agincourt Carol". It was published in 2007 in the journal called "Early Music". It was published in volume 35, and the article appears on pages 23 to 38.

How Do I Reference An Article?

Referencing articles you've used is important - it demonstrates that you've researched your topic, it allows others to find the article to read for themselves, and it avoids accusations of plagairism.

Check out our Citing and Referencing page for more information. 

Finding journal articles

You can simply search Library Search to find journal articles, but the following will also help:


Off-Campus Access

Accessing library resources from home

To connect to library resources such as databases and journals you will need to use the University’s VPN service called Globalprotect. Advice on how to set your connection up can be found on the iSolutions page How do I set up VPN on my device? 

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. 


No Full Text?

Important article? Can't get the full text? Try our Inter-Library Loans service...