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Library guide for Researchers/Postgraduates: Finding Resources

Finding journal articles

Why should I use an individual database instead of doing all my searches on Discover@AIT?

Discover@AIT allows you to search for a range of sources we have available on any given topic but once you start to research a topic in more depth you will want more flexibility to save your results and keep up to date with new publications.

Most databases allow you to save searches and set up saved search alerts that send you any new items that matches your search. This is one of the advantages of using the database directly rather than always using Discover@AIT.

Procedures for subscribing to email or RSS alerts vary for different databases. Check with your Subject Librarian.

Different Terminology Allocated to Journal Articles

Journals are basically Academic magazines.

​The following list provides some basic explanations of the types of resources you are likely to be required to use in your assessments:

  • Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journals: journals which are of a high academic standard due to being reviewed by academics in the field (may also be referred to as academic journals)
  • Periodical: a synonym for journal, but basically means they are published on a regular basis such as monthly
  • News: some sources may contain articles which can be used in research but sources may vary in quality. The Irish Times is a good source of news while tabloids are not.
  • Academic Journals: basically the same as peer-reviewed journals
  • Reviews: reviews of scholarly resources are often included in academic journals but they are not in themselves academic
  • Magazines: a journal of sorts but not necessarily peer-reviewed so be careful of including them as an academic source.

View Theses from other colleges/universities

In Ireland and the UK, thesis usually means an unpublished work submitted for a doctoral degree (Ph.D) while a dissertation is a work produced at undergraduate or masters' level.  Terminology is different in other countries.

In Ireland and the UK, Thesis is either for a doctoral or a master's degree.

Dissertation is either for a master's or a bachelor's degree with honours.

Exegesis is the written component of a practice-based thesis where the major output is a creative
work;  e.g. a film, artwork, novel.

However, to add to the confusion

In some other parts of the world such as North America, a dissertation may be for a doctoral degree and a thesis for a master's degree.