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English: Journals

What are Journals and Why Use Them?

A periodical is a publication which occurs at regular intervals. This may include annuals, bi-annual (twice a year), tri-annual (three times a year), quarterly, bi-monthly (every 2 months), monthly, fortnightly, weekly and daily.

These publications may be reference works such as directories and yearbooks, newspapers, leisure and special interest magazines, interest society magazines, newsletters, professional news publications, trade magazines and academic journals publishing scholarly articles.

Periodicals may be published in print or electronic form.

A Journal was originally something published daily and this still appears in the title of some newspapers such as The Journal, a local newspaper covering the Newcastle-upon-Tyne area. However, these days it usuall means a scholarly periodical.

The Library subscribes to all of these types of periodical and there is a list of them in the box below.

Periodicals and journals are published much more frequently than books and with a much small delay.

  • This means that they can respond to topical issues, publish the latest research and generally provide the most up-to date information. Journals articles help you to keep on top of the latest developments in your subject.

Articles are generally shorter than books.

  • This means that articles can be more focussed and cover narrower and more individual or specialised topics.
    Journal articles can provide literature for a topic which you have chosen for yourself such as the subject of a dissertation.

Scholarly journals are peer-reviewed. This means that the editors of the journal who decide on whether an article may be published or not have a academic standing and are therefore able to assess the quality of the articles submitted and turn down those which are not of a high enough standard.

Most articles in scholarly journals include a statement of methodology and a bibliography or list of references.

An increasing number of Journals, especially peer-reviewed, scholarly ones, are now electronic.

The contents pages of most electronic journals may now be browsed on their website - simply search the internet for them. 

To search for articles supplied by the Library use the BCU Library Search 

Key Journal Articles

Some Key Journal Articles on your Reading Lists will have been scanned and placed on our Digital Library.

Some English Journals

English
Essays in Criticism
Granta
London Review of Books
Times Literary Supplement

Journals provided by Birmingham City University libraries

 Creative nonfiction

 Mslexia : for women who write

 Poetics

 Stand magazine

 Granta 

 New writing

 Poetics today

 Textual practice

 Comparative Drama

 New Theatre Quarterly

 

The Stage

 Theatre Survey

 Contemporary theatre review

 Shakespeare Quarterly

 Theatre Journal (US)

 

 Journal of American Drama and  Theatre

 Studies in Theatre and Performance

 Theatre Record

 

 Journal of American Drama and Theatre

 TDR: The Drama Review

(1988-2004)

 Theatre Research International 

 

 American literary scholarship

 Journal of the short story in English

 New Yorker

 Science fiction studies

 American literature

 Keats-Shelley journal

 Nineteenth-century contexts

 Shakespeare survey

 English literary renaissance

 Language and literature

 Poetics

 Stand magazine

 Essays in criticism

 London magazine

 Poetics today

 Textual practice

 Granta

 London review of books

 Poetry Book Society bulletin

 Times literary supplement

 Journal of American studies

 New writing

 Review of PRS : pre-Raphaelite society

 Translation and literature

 Journal of literary semantics

 New York review of books

 Romanticism

 

 English : the journal of the   English Association

 English today

 Journal of literary

 semantics

 Language and  Literature

 English Association   Newsletter

 International journal of corpus  linguistics

 Journal of sociolinguistics

 Language in Society

 English language and linguistics

 International journal of lexicography

 Language

 Modern Language Journal

 American literary scholarship

 Essays in criticism

 Language in society

 Publications of the Modern   Language Association of America

 American literature

 Gender & history

 London magazine

 Review of PRS : pre-   Raphaelite society

 Contemporary theatre review

 Granta

 London review of books

 Romanticism

 Creative nonfiction

 International journal of corpus linguistics

 Mslexia : for women who write

 Science fiction studies

 Critical quarterly

 International journal of lexicography

 New writing

 Shakespeare survey

 Digital scholarship in the humanities

 Journal of American studies

 New York review of books

 Stand magazine

 English : the journal of the English Association

 Journal of literary semantics

 New Yorker

 Textual practice

 English Association Newsletter

 Journal of sociolinguistics

 Nineteenth-century contexts

 Times literary supplement

 English language and linguistics

 Journal of the short story in English

 Poetics

 Translation and literature

 English literary renaissance

 Keats-Shelley journal

 Poetics today

 

 English today

 Language and literature

 Poetry Book Society bulletin

 

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