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Home Help and Support Finding ejournals and articles

If you are not sure what an ejournal or article is, see Understanding ejournals.

There are two main ways of finding ejournal articles:

  1. Searching for a specific article or journal when you have the details, such as author or title.
  2. Searching across journal collections or within a particular journal title for articles on a subject.

Finding a particular article in an ejournal

To check whether the full text of a specific article is available online:

  • Go to Library Search.
  • Enter the article title in the search box and click on 'Search'.
  • You will see one or more links to the article if it is available via the OU Library.
  • If the article you are looking for is not in the first few results then refine your search using publication date, resource type etc. For example, if you know the exact title of the journal title, select it from the list of Journal titles.
  • You may be asked to enter your Open University Computer Username and password before you can go any further.
  • If the article is not on the first page of your results, search for the ejournal that the article appears in and then use the publication information, i.e. year, volume and issue number, to navigate to the article. For more detailed instructions, see below.

Finding a particular ejournal title

Go to Library search.

  • Enter the ejournal title in the search box and click on 'Search'.
  • Be aware that you need to enter the title exactly as it appears, e.g. the Journal of Organizational Dynamics must be spelt with a Z rather than an S.
  • Refine your search by limiting the ‘resource type’ to Journals
  • If the ejournal title is available via the OU Library there might be more than one link to it. Each link will say under it which dates are available through that link, so check that the article you are looking for is within that date range. The links will take you to the journal interface where you can navigate to the year, volume and issue number you require.
  • You may be asked to enter your Open University Computer Username and password before you can go any further.

Finding articles on a particular topic

  • Databases are a good place to start searching on a particular topic as you can cross-search many resources at one time using keywords. To find a relevant database to search, try Selected resources for your study.
  • Once you have selected the database you want to search, enter your search terms or author name. See How do I do a literature search? for more guidance on the whole process of searching for, evaluating and organising information on your subject.
  • Library Search allows you to search across many databases and online journals at once.

You can learn more about databases in the Understanding databases page.