When you’re searching for a journal article on a topic, or for an assignment, you can go to LibrarySearch. Either type the title of the article and the author’s surname into the ‘All’ search box, or search for the journal title in the ‘Journals by Title’ box (this does take longer!)
Always click ‘View Online’ to follow a link to the journal article PDF.
If the journal article doesn’t show up in LibrarySearch, try using Senate House Library’s catalogue – they have a wide range of resources too. If you haven’t already, pre-register for access to their online resources here.
If that still doesn’t work, try Google Scholar to see if a PDF is available.
Still nothing? Request the article using Royal Holloway’s inter-library loan service and if possible, we’ll email you the article. You’ll need an inter-library loans voucher from your departmental administrator, and then complete the online form above – the team will let you know how your request is going!
So what with all those options, you should be able to get hold of almost any article!
Browsing journals online can be difficult, depending on the database that you have to use to access them. You can use the ‘Journals by Title’ search in LibrarySearch to find a publication.
Some are very easy to use, and make it clear where the most recent issue is – such as in the video above.
Here are some examples relevant to Media Arts which are a little more complicated…
Accessing Variety using the FIAF database
To look up access options for the Variety magazine, go to LibrarySearch (librarysearch.rhul.ac.uk) and use the ‘Journals by Title’ search:
Select ‘View Online’ to see the access options:
If you’re using FIAF, you should be taken to a page with some bibliographic information on the journal, and under ‘List of issues’ a collapsible list of contents pages, which should link to the PDF of articles wherever possible:
Click ‘PDF’ to view the article.
Accessing Screen International using the Nexis UK database
Some publications, like ‘Screen International’ are only available via the Nexis UK database. You will need to follow the link to Nexis, but then try using the date range filters to narrow down the range of articles. Clicking ‘Search’ should take you to a recent list.
If you have any questions about accessing publications, leave a comment or email firstname.lastname@example.org.