Stay Informed

Stay Informed is a series of hints, tips, guides and recommendations written by the Library Staff to help make using the library easier and more enjoyable.

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Searching for journal articles contained within course reading guides

One question we get asked quite frequently is…

 how do I find the journal articles listed in my course reading guide?

In order to explain the easiest way of doing this I am going to use the following reference as an example:

Wright, P.M. and McMahan, G.C. (2011) ‘Exploring human capital: putting ‘human’ back into strategic human resource management, Human Resource Management Journal, 21(2), pp. 93-104

In the following order, the three key pieces of information that I need are:

  • Title of journal - Human Resource Management Journal
  • Year of publication - (2011)
  • Volume and issue number - 21(2)

Now that I have this information, the starting point is the Journals by Title search tab located on the library homepage.

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This resource provides an A-Z list of all of the individual journals that the library subscribes to and where they can be found.

Type the name of a particular journal title into the search box (i.e., Human Resource Management Journal) and click 'Go'.

For this particular journal, there are four links:

ABI/INFORM Complete - ProQuest Database

Business Source Premier - EBSCO Database

IMI Hard Copy Holding - refers to hard-copy issues contained in the physical library archive

Wiley Online Library - external link to this journal but only accessible when in the IMI building

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I know that the publication year of the article is 2011. As a result, only the Business Source Premier link will be relevant as it contains issues from 2004 – present with a one year embargo. Click on the link. 

On the next screen there will be a list of publication years on the right-hand side. As previously mentioned, the publication year of the article I am looking for is… 2011. 

Once selected, a drop down menu will appear with a list of issues for that year. Here is the important bit, I have identified that the article is from volume 21, issue 2. Click on this issue.

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I am presented with a list of articles contained within this specific issue only. In the large majority of cases the number of returned articles will be small. There are a total of 8 results and the first result happens to be the article that I require. I can now click on the PDF Full Text option and download/print the article.

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The above steps can be repeated for all articles found in your reading list.

Please note that while the steps above relate to articles found in the EBSCO database, the steps required for the ProQuest database are very similar.

If you need any help using this guide, please don’t hesitate to contact the Information Desk in the library. You can call to the desk in person, or contact us by phone (01-2078513) or e-mail knowledge@imi.ie