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Sociology and Social Policy: Journals

Print journals

These can be accessed by simply searching the library's iCat Advanced Search.  Click on the link below and follow the prompts.

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What is a journal?

  •  A journal (periodical) is a scholarly publication containing articles written by researchers, academics, practitioners and other experts. Journals usually focus on a specific discipline or field of study. Articles in journals often deal with very specific aspects of topics and in depth. If you want a broad overview of your topic, start with a text book. Journals are like magazines: different issues or parts are published at regular intervals and each has the same title. Often each part has a number and all the parts for a year have a volume number. Usually several authors write articles per issue.


  •  Newspapers are also periodicals although generally not scholarly but may be a useful source of information. Most newspapers have online versions. SA Media on Sabinet provides scanned newspaper articles from a wide range of South African newspapers going back several decades and the Newspaper gateway provides access to a useful range of newspapers from around the world. Iolnews is a useful online source of South African news. See also the UKZN Library's newspaper page. Another source is PressReader which gives access to international and South African newspapers and popular magazines.

Electronic journals

Electronic journals can be found in various databases.  Importantly, when you need to access e-journals and you are off campus, you must go via the OFF-CAMPUS page and authenticate yourself with your normal UKZN lan login.

Find journal articles using Google Scholar

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Research articles by UKZN academics

Several of UKZNs' Academics' research articles can be sourced from the library's ResearchSpace repository.

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