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Planning and Environmental Management: Journal articles

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What is a peer-reviewed journal article?

Peer-reviewed journal articles are evaluated and critiqued by researchers and experts in the field before being published. They are high quality academic sources of information.

The best resources for finding journal articles in your field of study are highlighted on this page.

Accessing journal articles on databases

Access to e-journals on campus is normally automatic, although in some cases a username and password are required. This may be either your University central username and password, or another password stipulated by the publisher. 

Library Search and the Library databases are the best way of finding peer-reviewed articles on your topic as they index and provide access to articles from thousands of different journal titles.

You can find the key databases for your subject by using the Databases tab in this guide or by accessing the Databases A-Z list.

Findit@MCR

You will often see a '' tab when looking through your search results in our electronic resources. This tab can be used to see if The University of Manchester Library has access to a particular article in either online or print format.

Articles not held by the library can be ordered via our Inter-Library Loan service.

If you are using Google Scholar on campus, the Findit@Manchester link will appear automatically next to your list of search results.

Locating and Borrowing Books

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Find help and support with all aspects of locating and borrowing resources.

My Learning Essentials

Getting started with search tools

This resource explores Google, Google Scholar, subject databases and Library Search, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses to enable you to make an informed choice when selecting where to search for information.

View all workshops and online resources in this area on the
My Learning Essentials webpages.

Databases

Databases are the best way of finding peer-reviewed articles on your topic as they index and provide access to articles from thousands of different journal titles.

The University of Manchester Library subscribes to over 400 databases but not all of these will be relevant to your subject. You can find the key databases for your subject by using the Databases tab in this guide or by accessing the Databases A-Z list.

Google Scholar

It is worthwhile carrying out a search on Google Scholar for articles relevant to your topic.

If you search Google Scholar while on campus, you'll find links to the full text articles on the Library databases via the Findit@MCR link.

Google Scholar Search
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