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Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences & BVSc: Journals and Articles

Off-Campus access

Our extensive collections of electronic journals, databases and e-books remain available to you 24/7 on and off-campus.

Before you start any searching off-campus:

sign in to Primo

You know you have signed in successfully if your name displays at the top right hand of your screen.

You are now authenticated to access AU subscribed electronic resources. If you close your browser, you will need to sign into Primo again to re-authenticate.

For further information on accessing e-resources off-campus see FAQ 163.

Finding and using journal articles off-campus

Document Supply

The Document Supply Service allows registered users to request items which are not available in the University Library.

What to do if you want  to submit a document supply request:

If you’re looking for a book or article that we don’t have access to in our collections, we might be able to borrow it for you from another library. Submit your request using the Document Supply button in Primo, and we’ll do the rest.

Further information and online forms are available on the Document Supply webpage: 

Journals and Articles

A journal is a publication focusing on a particular subject area which can contain articles, letters, research, opinions and reviews written by different authors. Journals are published at regular intervals, such as weekly, monthly or quarterly. Each copy is an issue and a set of issues makes a volume (usually each year is a separate volume). Journals are also known as periodicals. Anything you see on Primo or in our Libraries with PER in the classmark, it is a journal containing shorts papers on specific topics. They can be found in print format, online or both.

Why use a journal article?

  • Important sources for subject information or research.
  • Information on current developments.
  • Journal articles are published more quickly than books, so can be more up to date.
  • They often cover a subject in depth and include original research.

Searching for journal articles on Primo

Journals provide important sources of academic information. 

You can search for ​journal articles using the Articles search ​in Primo.

FAQ 1185 has detailed instructions on how to search for full-text articles on Primo. 


Aberystwyth University libraries subscribes to a wide range of e-journals.

Further information can be found on Elec Info electronic resources webpage

Visit the e-journals FAQs for additional information.  

Resources needing Primo VPN access

The following resources will require you to login to the Primo VPN before you can access them off-campus;


  • AIP
  • APS
  • ASM
  • BBC Listener Research
  • BBIH & IMB
  • CABI
  • IBIS World
  • ICLR
  • MathSciNet


  1. Follow the Primo VPN link and sign in  
  2. Select the Primo box and additionally sign in to Primo
  3. Keep the same browser window open (multiple tabs ok) and launch the resource you require

*The full list of A-Z resources and links can be found on the A-Z of E-Resources page on Primo:


When you have finished researching with Primo VPN, remember to close the browser as Primo VPN can inhibit your access to other resources 

Primo Search

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Journal Publishers Websites

Quick access to various journal publishers websites. Click on the links below and enter your search terms to find more resources on your topic area. 

American Chemical Society (ACS) Journals Search

American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Journals

Annual Reviews Journals

BioMed Central Journals

Cambridge Core (Journals and Books)

CSIRO (Australia) Journals

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Highwire Press (all titles browse)

  • Copy and paste this URL: 

Ingenta Connect


Oxford Journals

PLoS Public Library of Science Journals

Royal Society of Chemistry

ScienceDirect - Elsevier Journals

Springer Link

Wiley Online Journals

Key Databases