Journals enable you to:
They are publications made available in successive parts (issues) with the same title, usually on a regular basis (e.g. monthly, quarterly, annually).
Journals and magazines are sometime referred to as serials or periodicals.
Scholarly journals contain articles written by researchers or scholars in the discipline using specialised discipline terminology or jargon, and are often peer reviewed. Articles are often preceded by an abstract (a summary of the content) and followed by a comprehensive list of references.
Searching within journals
Art, Architecture and Design print journals are kept in the compactus on the West Wing of the Jeffrey Smart building. The compactus are permanently kept open to enable use by library patrons whenever they need them.
This is an example of a database 'record'. When you type in your keywords, you're searching for them in this information.
Someone has been paid to look carefully at each article and record basic information such as where it's from, list the main topics or themes (called descriptors or subject headings/terms in databases), and write a summary of the content (if this wasn't provided by the author).
The full text of the article may be attached to the record, available online through another source or in print on the shelves.
Databases are finding aids. They assist you to find publications (e.g. journal and newspaper articles, exhibition catalogues, conference papers, book chapters, advertisements, illustrations, photographs) by a particular author, from a specific publication or on a topic.
The Library Catalogue lets you search inside many journals, but does not cover all relevant publications. It also covers every discipline. If you're looking for something specific to a discipline, it can be faster to go straight to an appropriate database.