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Life Sciences & BVSc Veterinary Science: Journals and Articles

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.

You can find printed versions of current and older journals on Life Sciences on Level E in the Hugh Owen Library with a few related items located on Level F.

Journals are shelved separately to the main book collection. 

How to find journals in Primo?

To search for JOURNALS and E-JOURNALS: 

  • keep the search as Libraries (the default search). This search will look for:
    • physical items in campus libraries: books, journals, newspapers, pamphlets, DVDs, e-books, e-journals and other electronic information sources to which AU subscribes (searches for ebook/ejournal titles not individual chapters/articles within).

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 @ Aber webpage for more information on how to use e-journals effectively.

Journals provide important sources of academic information. 

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


How do I find full-text articles in Primo Articles?

Our extensive collections of electronic journals, databases and e-books are 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.

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.